Sunday, July 24, 2011


Prince Logcogco, the chair of King Mswati’s advisory council Liqoqo, is pressing for a state of emergency to be declared in the kingdom to tackle the economic crisis.

If the state of emergency is declared the government will be able to impose wage cuts on public servants without consultation with trade unions.

The Swazi Government would also be able to enforce other measures as it saw fit (depending upon the actual wording of the emergency declaration).

Logcogco told the Times Sunday there was too much delay in tackling the economic crisis, caused by ‘endless negotiations’.

In a state of emergency, the newspaper reported him saying, ‘government was going to enforce things that have been proven to be ideal for economic transformation’. The newspaper did not give details of what these measures might be.

The Times Sunday, an independent newspaper in Swaziland, is claiming today (24 July 2011) that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) advised the kingdom, ruled by King Mswati III, sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch, to declare a state of emergency.

The newspaper quotes an unnamed source saying, ‘We are aware that the IMF advised us to declare a state of emergency but we haven’t done anything about that, and the country is really drowning.’

The source goes on, ‘If we declare the crisis as disaster, it means we are raising a global alarm that the country is on a brink of collapse. In-fact, we are sending an SOS (sihlaba inyandzaleyo) as a nation. As it is, some countries believe that we are up to a trick to rob them. We have to bear in mind that countries in Europe don’t trust us, they actually don’t trust our system of governance.’

The Times Sunday reports Logcogco saying, ‘IMF went on to advise us as a country to declare a state of emergency on the economic problems.’

It adds, ‘He had personally expected government to have, at least, done something about the IMF’s advice.’

The newspaper does not publish confirmation from the IMF that it advised on a state of emergency. It also says, ‘Macanjana Motsa, Government Press Secretary, said nothing was communicated to government about declaring a state of emergency on the economic problems.’

So all we have is an unnamed source and the chair of Liqoqo saying a state of emergency is necessary.

It looks like Swaziland’s ruling elite are trying to impose a state of emergency, which will withdraw yet more of the Swazi people’s rights, and blame it on a foreign organisation – the IMF.

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