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SADC assembly warns of escalating tensions in Eswatini

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A unprecedented assembly of the Southern African Growth Neighborhood (SADC) occurred on Tuesday in Namibia’s capital, Windhoek.

The escalation of tensions within the kingdom of Eswatini was on the prime of the agenda.

SADC’s government secretary Elias Mpedi Magosi welcomed the members.

“I’m honoured and privileged to welcome you to this extraordinary summit of the UN physique’s ministerial committee. Your presence right here right this moment is a seamless demonstration of your deep dedication to peace and safety within the area”, mentioned SADC’s government secretary.

Tensions rose within the small landlocked kingdom of Eswatini, Africa’s final absolute monarchy, the place a revered lawyer and fierce opponent was lately murdered, frightening worldwide outrage.

Since 2021 that Eswatini has been rocked by a pro-democracy protest motion.

In June 2021, at the least 37 individuals have been killed in violently suppressed anti-regime demonstrations. Restricted protests and strikes have since continued sporadically

The dominion has been dominated by King Mswati III since 1986

The ruler can dissolve parliament, the federal government and appoint or dismiss judges. He additionally instructions the police and the military.