BBC NEWS Africa Swazi unions in anti-king strike: “Swaziland’s main trade union has begun a two-day general strike to press for democratic reforms.
Union leader Jan Sithole told the BBC that roadblocks mounted by the security forces had stopped people from joining the protests in the capital, Mbabane. The unions say a draft constitution being debated by parliament entrenches the power of the monarchy.
Swaziland is Africa’s last remaining absolute monarchy and political parties are banned. ”
This was being threatened just as I was leaving over the weekend. Many of the teachers I spoke with were debating whether or not to join in the strike. Their concern is over the fact that the goverment has promised to pay the school fees for orphans and is apparently not honoring that promise in any meaningful way.