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  • Swaziland: where praying is dangerous

    By Mark | August 31, 2014

    By Owen Tudor, TUC

    I’ve commented so often on what’s wrong with the last feudal dictatorship in Africa – the kingdom of Swaziland – that I often think nothing more can shock me. Whether it’s jailing a newspaper editor and a union lawyer for questioning the decisions of the courts, or the Prime Minister threatening to throttle the leader of Swaziland’s TUC, the news gets worse and worse. Now a prayer meeting has been banned by the police because trade unionists were going to be speaking at it. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swaziland: A letter to Barack Obama from imprisoned human rights lawyer

    By Mark | August 4, 2014

    Human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and editor Bheki Makhubu have been imprisoned for two years, charged with contempt of court for criticising Swaziland’s Chief Justice.

    Thulani wrote to US President Barack Obama, ahead of the US Africa Leaders Summit, to ask him to call on King Mswati to introduce fundamental human rights and democracy.

    Thulani wrote his letter from Sidvwashini prison in Mbabane, he has since been moved to Big Bend Prison, much further from away from his family. 

    President Barack Hussein Obama

    President of Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swazi magazine editor and lawyer convicted

    By Mark | July 17, 2014

    Mail and Guardian

    Respected Swaziland editor Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko have been convicted for contempt of court.

    In what has been seen as a major blow to the journalism profession and human rights in Swaziland, respected editor Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko have been convicted for Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zimbabwe: Cow dung for sanitary pads?

    By Mark | June 6, 2014

    Source: Bulawayo 24

    May 28 2014 was the day Zimbabwe and the world held the inaugural Menstrual Hygiene Day and shocking confessions were made by women from all cross sections of our lovely country. The worst shock was revelation by some young (and old) women that they are using cow dung as sanitary “pads” during their monthly period. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Malawi: New President sworn in

    By Mark | May 31, 2014

    Source: BBC

    Peter Mutharika has been sworn in as Malawi’s president after the High Court rejected a request for a recount following allegations of Read the rest of this entry »

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    Malawian president Joyce Banda faces electoral humiliation – and possibly jail

    By admin | May 30, 2014

    Critics say she was politically naive, failed to deal convincingly with Cashgate corruption scandal, and was too often absent

    Source: The Guardian (UK)

    By Godfrey Mapondera in Blantyre and David Smith in Johannesburg

    I learned that leadership is about falling in love with the people and the people falling in love with you. It is about serving the people with selflessness, with sacrifice and with the need to put the common good ahead of personal interests.”

    These were the words of Read the rest of this entry »

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    COSATU Statement on Africa day – the struggle continues even at 51 years of the OAU/AU

    By Mark | May 25, 2014

    Source: COSATU

    This Sunday marks the 51st anniversary of the OAU/AU, which is the continent’s premiere political body. It was formed in 1963 to advance and champion the cause of Africa’s liberation from colonialism and underdevelopment. COSATU joins the rest of our people on the continent in celebrating the great strides our continent has made since then, particularly in the struggle for liberation from colonialism. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swaziland: Chief Justice issues arrest warrant for critical judges

    By Mark | May 19, 2014

    Source: Swazi Media Commentary

    A newspaper in Swaziland reported on Monday (19 May 2014) that the controversial Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi had issued warrants for the arrest of three High Court Judges because they disagreed with his Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zimbabwe: lawyers apply to courts for release of voters roll

    By Mark | May 19, 2014

    Source: The Zimbabwean, by Tawanda Majoni

    A private citizen and constitutional lawyer, Justice Alfred Mavedzenge, on Monday filed a High Court application seeking to compel the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to make the voters’ roll public.

    The roll has been kept under Read the rest of this entry »

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    Malawi elections: distrust and uncertainty

    By Mark | May 16, 2014

    Malawi goes to the polls in a climate of distrust and instability

    Source: The Guardian (UK)

    Turbulent political environment is unlikely to deliver a robust government ready to implement much-needed reforms

    Preparations for the general election in Malawi on 20 May have been more organised and transparent than in previous years, due in part to the current leadership of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).

    The commission has taken on the Read the rest of this entry »

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