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Fighting corruption remains an uphill struggle

By Vuyisile Hlatshwayo Whilst there is still no progress in curbing corruption, eSwatini’s Mass Democratic Movement (MDM) has greeted with scepticism the zeal of the Russell Mmiso Dlamini administration to tackle it head-on a day after its 100 days in office. The MDM, under the Multi-Stakeholder Forum (MSF), is a loose alliance of 25 opposition […]Read More

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New energy’ rush is stripping DRC’s natural assets

Mining companies cashing in on global demand for cobalt are destroying protected nature reserves in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Jonas Kiriko visits reserves in the south of the country to investigate Border hotspot: Transport vehicles and small traders at the Kasumbalesa border post. An agent from the customs and excise department said every year arrests and […]Read More

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Eswatini Prime Minister: King’s preference trumps people’s choice

By Vuyisile Hlatshwayo There was a moment of stunned silence followed by muted applause from the crowd when King Mswati III announced the new eSwatini Prime Minister, Russell Mmiso Dlamini during the nine-day Sibaya People’s Parliament held inside the cattle byre at Ludzidzini Royal Residence.  About 5 000 emaSwati, who gathered at the traditional headquarters, […]Read More

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Insecure land rights may spark a revolution eSwatini

By Nimrod Mabuza King Mswati III is by default probably the biggest land owner in eSwatini. As iNgwenyama, he holds vast land on behalf of emaSwati and now he wants to lease out the land at a fee to potential investors. However, it’s not all smooth sailing as the lease of the land has claimed […]Read More

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The power of the ballot box

By Vuyisile Hlatshwayo The high number of unseated Members of Parliament (MPs) in the eSwatini’s 2023 parliamentary election serves as a crucial reality check for the authorities misreading the lessons of the civil unrest that rocked tinkhundla governance to its core in June 2021. According to the election results released recently by the Elections and […]Read More

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Joy as ex-miners to get their share from Tshiamiso’s R5bn

By Vuyisile Hlatshwayo Finally, the long wait for tuberculosis and silicosis sufferers to lodge compensation claims to Tshiamiso Trust is over following the launch of the Benefit Medical Examinations (BMEs) facility in eSwatini. According to the Trust’s media statement, the long-awaited service started at the Hlathikhulu Government Hospital on 16 October. It will be rolled […]Read More

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Inside a secret trade: Malawian brides to China

As bride prices in China continue to climb and Malawians strive to escape poverty, buying a wife from a poor country appears to be an increasingly lucrative but vicious business.. While Interpol is investigating, the Malawian authorities are hobbled by inertia and corruption. Ethel Moyo, born and raised in Lilongwe Mtsiriza peri- urban township, claims […]Read More

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Political appointments cripple Lesotho hospital

Wage bill at flagship Queen ‘Mamohato Memorial Hospital balloons by R48-million over a year as politicians appoint family members and friends Senior politicians in Lesotho’s health ministry parachuted friends, family and party comrades into jobs at the flagship Queen ‘Mamohato Memorial Hospital (QMMH) in 2022, swelling the hospital’s wage bill. Many of the new appointees […]Read More

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Royal Silulu’s land hoarding costing farmers

By Vuyisile Hlatshwayo                                                               Widely touted as the genuine removal of barriers to accessing agricultural land in eSwatini, King Mswati III’s 2017 move to lease out 23 underutilised farms measuring 12 803,0145ha for agricultural activities has, however, proven not beneficial to emaSwati citizens Read More

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EmaSwati’s own country but not own land

By Vuyisile Hlatshwayo The more King Mswati III deprives the ordinary citizens of the important natural resource – land, the more the eSwatini monarchy betrays the trust that iNgwenyama or iNdlovukazi (King or Queen Mother) holds the land in trust for the benefit of all emaSwati. Eswatini is one country where the land rights are […]Read More