In a nut-shell – SWADEPA THE POLITICAL PARTY OF CHOICE

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SWADEPA THE POLITICAL PARTY OF CHOICE  – in a nut-shell

Groups of civil society constituencies emanating from the following groups:

  • The Church groups
  • The youth
  • Workers from different sectors
  • Informal sector traders
  • Small scale famers
  • Unemployed the retrenched, retired

The above groups have a broad based mixture i.e.

  • The academia
  • The traditionalists
  • Women
  • Youth
  • The elderly

Motivation:

What have motivated the people of Swaziland are the following Actions and reactions, omissions and commissions:

  • Corruption
  • Bad governance
  • Abuse of power
  • Abuse of culture
  • Disregard for the rule of law
  • Nepotism
  • Blind extravagance on national resources without accountability
  • Lack of fiscal discipline
  • Lack of economic policies
  • Lack of separation of powers
  • Flagrant violations of fundamental rights
  • Intolerance to the voices of dissent
  • Mass and malicious evictions of people
  • Banning of political parties and the acceptance of such situation by the existing political parties.
  • Abuse of culture as a tool of oppression and subjugation by the authorities
  • Lack of pro-poor budgeting as such priorities is not those which address the social concerns of the people.
  • Flagrant disregard and blatant violation of international treaties to whom Swaziland is party i.e.:
    • African charter on human and peoples’ rights
    • United Nations charter for human rights
    • Commonwealth Harare Declaration
    • SADC charters on Human and social rights
  • Lack of pluralism
  • Lack of genuine meaningful result oriented national dialogue which seeks to address the political agenda in Swaziland.

Outcomes of the perpetually continued bad governance:

  • Prevailing but otherwise avoidable Economic crisis
  • Prevailing cash flow crisis
  • Prevailing ever increasing deficit
  • Prevailing ever increasing debt
  • Prevailing and decreasing foreign reserves
  • Prevailing threatened Lilangeni/rand parity
  • Prevailing constitutional crisis
  • Prevailing judicial crisis
  • Becoming a prospective IMF conditionality client
  • Lack of drugs in public health care centres
  • Shortage of scholarship for tertiary learners
  • Lack of funds for the Orphaned and the vulnerable children
  • Continued poverty levels
  • Increasing unemployment as companies shut down
  • Lack of funds to pay the pittance elderly grants.

Programme of action in response:

  • Salary/wage cuts by 10%for politicians
  • Proposed salary/wage cuts by 10% for all public servants including the armed forces except the army
  • Proposed retrenchments of the public service by 7000
  • Proposed improvement on the balance of payments
  • Reduction of scholarship allocation to tertiary learners

Peoples’ resultant decision:

  • Formed a political Party called the Swazi Democratic Party(SWADEPA)

Character of the Party:

  • Non-discriminatory, non-sexist, non-xenophobic, non-racist, non-nepotic, people responsive and democratic.

Party’s beliefs:    

  • Respect for human rights, civil liberties and the dignity of person
  • Respect for the rule of law
  • Social justice
  • Equality before the law

Values:

  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Trustworthiness
  • Selflessness
  • Respect
  • Responsiveness to the call of the people

Pillars of our vision:

  • Respect for a constitutional monarchy and its local structures such as chiefs/traditional leaders, who should be revered and be placed above politics and be allowed to Reign and be regarded as symbols of unity and greater nationhood.
  • Separation of powers
  • Respect for culture and tradition as the identity of the Swazi nation.
  • Right to land entitlement
  • Job creation affordable and accessible education for poverty alleviation redress,
  • Right to property