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Drug lord’s African dream to buy a fleet of obsolete

Golden Matonga and ICIJ Little-known Malawian aviation company Nyasa Air Charters was involved in a plot to purchase nine military aircraft from Egypt as part of an audacious plan aimed at laundering money and building a drug-trafficking operation across Africa. The 2020 deal to purchase nine obsolete Egyptian Air Force DHC-Buffalos eventually collapsed,but reveals a […]Read More

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Undercover journalist ‘traffics’ herself to Dubai

By Inhlase ‘Ano’ Anonymous ‘Ano’ A Ugandan undercover female journalist has recounted how she planted herself among groups of women trafficked to the Arab World, her account however has sparked a hot debate on journalism ethics. The main subject of the debate was the balancing of objectivity with emotion and the extent to which a […]Read More

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Teenagers turn to sex work to escape grinding poverty

By Inhlase reporters Eswatini’s depressed economy and government’s inability to ease poverty levels is leaving many young women with little choice but to become sex workers. While earning a living from sex work is illegal in the conservative kingdom, studies also confirm that an increasing number of under-age girls are prostituting themselves for as little […]Read More

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Police bullet confines boy, 17, to wheelchair

By Nimrod Mabuza It is just more than a year since eSwatini police cracked down on pro-democracy protestors, gunning down over 45 civilians and injuring many more. A teenage boy who was shot in the back by police on his way to the shops during the unrest survived, but he and his family are paying […]Read More

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Gone with the wind: Lesotho’s $15-billion energy pipedream

A wind farm hailed as Africa’s largest renewable energy project and the solution to Lesotho’s hefty electricity costs has ground to a halt. Sechaba Mokhethi investigates why A $15-billion wind farm project that would have given Lesotho bragging rights to Africa’s largest renewable energy project, slashed electricity prices and created thousands of jobs has vanished […]Read More

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Zambia’s health procurement system paralysed

By MakanDay Centre for Investigative Journalism  Zambia’s health procurement system is paralysed by a stand-off between officials in the ministry of health. Those wanting to clean up corruption and stop the rot are clashing with others fighting to secure contracts for companies that pay. The result? The billions available to buy medicine are not being […]Read More

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Schools principals sell public service unions for 3 pieces of

By Inhlase As in the biblical story of Jesus Christ being sold for three pieces of silver by his disciple Judas Iscariot, the Eswatini Principals Association (EPA), by agreeing to 3% Cost of Living Adjustment offered by the government, has sold all public servants. This is because the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT), negotiating […]Read More

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A travesty of justice … as Boycey will serve his

By Inhlase The story of prisoner Boycey Bheki Gama confirms that, although the constitution is hailed as eSwatini’s supreme law, it isn’t. The decree of the country’s absolute monarch, King Mswati III, trumps court decisions as well as the constitution. The decision to keep Gama in jail despite a court order setting him free has […]Read More

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ESCCOM: an enabler or gatekeeper in the broadcasting sector?

By Ackel Zwane The eSwatini government has been criticised for trying to curb free speech by favouring radio stations linked to the state over independent community radio stations. In 2007 the Broadcasting Bill, which is aimed at opening up the airwaves to allow licensing for independent community radio stations, was made public. The draft law […]Read More

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Eswatini government clamps down on media…

By Vuyisile Hlatshwayo The eSwatini government has declared editor of the Swaziland News, Zweli Martin Dlamini a terrorist under the country’s anti-terrorism legislation. It has banned him and his publication with no regard for the fact that relevant sections of this law were found to be unconstitutional by the High Court as they undermine freedom […]Read More