Ensure rights are respected in Eswathini – A I

By Staff Reporter

 

Amnesty International Regional Director for Southern Africa Deprose Muchena says Prime Minister of Eswatini Ambrose Dhlamini has an opportunity to take Eswatini in a new direction and ensuring that all human rights are fully guaranteed.

Speaking during the swearing in of Ambrose Dhlamini as the new Prime Minister of Eswatini, Muchena said for many years, people of Eswatini had experienced multiple human rights violations, including forced evictions, leaving them in deeper poverty with no protection from the state.

“Ambrose Dhlamini must build a country that all the people of Eswatini can be proud of, starting with declaring a nationwide moratorium on mass evictions until adequate legal and procedural safeguards are in place and ensuring that those who have been forcibly evicted receive reparations,” said Muchena.

King Mswati III appointed Dhlamini on October 27 as the new Prime Minister of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland).

The appointment came after the King dissolved the country’s 10th Parliament on June 30, ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections on September 21.

The previous Prime Minister, Barnabus Sibusisuo Dlamini, who served between 1996-2003 and again from 2008-2018 died on September 28.