King Mswati III will not be meeting banned political parties as yet

It is reported that Swaziland’s King Mswati III might be considering a meeting with the banned political parties in the monarchy after an intervention by the Commonwealth and European Union (EU).

Several political parties and movements in the country, most notably the pro-democratic People’s United Democratic Movement (Pudemo), were banned by King Mswati III.

Bheki Makhubu, Editor of The Nation (a Swaziland based magazine) speaks to Africa Melane about the situation in Swaziland.

According to Makhubu the King is out of the country, in New York for the UN meeting. He says the King was to meet with what they call Civil Society which includes people from Pudemo and not necessarily political parties.

It won’t be the kind of meeting where two sites will be speaking from a levelled playing field. Those people who represent political parties will not be seating at the table with king because he is a king.

Bheki Makhubu, Editor of The Nation

Makhubu says that the banned political parties will be asking for a pardon from the king to allow democracy rather than making demands because as Swazi’s they were brought up in a way that they can't make demands with the King.

Listen to the full conversation below:


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