MP Bacede, Mthandeni’s arrest: This is Bad- USA tells ESWATINI

Swati Newsweek, 27, July, 2021

By Eugene Dube

MBABANE : The USA Embassy has criticized the arrest of two pro-democracy lawmakers in Mduduzi Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube and further urged Eswatini to have a national dialogue.

In a public statement dated 26th July, 2021, the US Embassy said the people of Swaziland have a constitutional right to be heard through their own freely chosen representatives in Parliament.

The Americans reminded Eswatini Royal Government to respect human rights including freedom of expression.

This was communicated through a public statement.

The public statement reads, "We call on the authorities to exercise transparency in the application of law and to respect and protect human rights, despite political differences."

"The suppression of the right of individuals including members of Parliament to freely express their opinions is unacceptable."

The U.S embassy called for a national dialogue in Eswatini.

"We will continue to engage contacts at all levels of government and across civil society and reiterate our call for an honest, constructive dialogue with all stakeholders at the table."

The bail hearing for the two pro-democracy MPs Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube has been postponed to Thursday.

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