Swaziland – 12 February 2016

Swaziland gov’t appeals for more donor assistance

Donor partners have been urged by the Swaziland government to help bring along more organisations to aid Swaziland in dealing with effects of natural disaster, local media report here Thursday.

The appeal was made to delegates, who included the Taiwanese ambassador to Swaziland, United Nations officials as well as government officials gathered at a conference on Effective Development Corporation in Mbabane, the capital, by Economic Planning and Development Minister Prince Hlangusemphi.

The minister acknowledged that the country’s economic growth was not healthy due to the global economic situation as well as reduction in Southern African Customs Union (SACU) receipts.

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Swazi Terror Law Court Challenge

A challenge to the legality of Swaziland’s anti-terror and sedition laws is taking place in the kingdom’s High Court.

At stake is the future of the Suppression of Terrorism Act 2008 and Sedition and Subversive Activities Act 1938.

Pro-democracy campaigners say both Acts are used to silence dissent in Swaziland where King Mswati III rules as sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch.