Use established national channels to channel grievances

Zivanai Dhewa

…SADC tells the eSwati people

SADC, through its Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security, President of Botswana, Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, has urged the people and government of Eswatini to channel their grievances through the established channel.  This followed the continued escalation of clashes between the government and its opposing groups.

Speaking through a press statement, the Dr Masisi called for an end to violence and encouraged dialogue as a means to maintain peace and stability in that country.

“SADC calls upon all individuals, groups, and organisation that have grievances to desist from act of violence.

“SADC also urges all stakeholders to channel their grievances through the established national structures, and the authorities to have an open national dialogue, in order to continue upholding the legacy of peace and stability that has characterised the people of the Kingdom of Eswatini and the region at large,” said Dr Masisi.

Contrary to social media misinformation that the death toll in Eswatini had surpassed 40, SADC reported only one death, as it encouraged adherence to laid down Covid19 regulations for the preservation of life.

“The disturbances have resulted in widespread destruction of property, injuries to people, with atleast one death reported SADC notes with concern the disruption to normal personal, community and daily economic activities including critical Government Covid19 response strategies, which are essential for the health and safety of the people of the Kingdom of Eswatini and the entire humanity,” Dr Masisi said.

Meanwhile the SADC Organ Troika has dispatched a team of Ministers to Eswatini with a view to further encourage the Kingdom to find a lasting solution. SADC has managed to maintain peace and stability in the region despite threats from foreign forces with an agenda to destabilise Africa for their own selfish ends by funding opposition political parties to undermined Governments.  

Recently the SADC Summit was in Mozambique where its Organ on Politics, Defense and Cooperation approved the Mandate for the SADC Standby Force Mission to the Republic of Mozambique to combat terrorism and acts of violent extremism in Cabo Delgado.