Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Zimbabwe: Human Rights Watchdog Slams 'Authoritarian' King Mswati III's Trade Fair Invite

HUMAN rights defenders Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) has blasted the move to invite King Mswati III to officially open the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF).

CiZC said the invitation makes President Emmerson Mnangagwa complicit in the continued violence and oppression in Eswatini.

“The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition disapproves the move by the Government of Zimbabwe to invite the authoritarian ruler of Eswatini, to officially open Zimbabwe’s premium business show,” CiZC said in a statement.

“King Mswati III is a soiled leader with the blood of innocent citizens killed for legitimately demanding elections based on one person one vote, and not selections in that Ngwane Kingdom.

“His government stands accused of deploying the military to shoot at civilians, jailing hundreds, injuring thousands and killing many including the most recent victim of state sponsored terror, Advocate Thulani Maseko,” protested CiZC.

According to the pressure group, King Mswati III’s presence in the country is an affront to the values of democracy and human rights.

“By welcoming an absolute monarch who is known for his repressive tactics, President Emmerson Mnangagwa is being complicit in the continued violence and oppression in Eswatini.

“As leaders of the Southern African region, they have a responsibility to uphold democratic values and human rights for all citizens.”

CiZC implored SADC leaders to uphold democratic values and fundamental human rights for all citizens in the region.