Eswatini Catholic Commission denounces violence and pleads for ‘meaningful dialogue’

There would have been at least 16 shooting incidents targeting police and soldiers in Eswatini since the beginning of the year.

In the last incident, which took place on October 18, two traffic police officers were killed while manning a roadblock in a residential area. The assassins took away the rifles of the officers.

In their Nov. 2 statement, CJPC officials in the country previously known as Swaziland said shooting security personnel “will not bring us any solution, but rather create long-term enmity between the citizens”.

“Therefore, we condemn anything that constitutes an attack on human integrity and anything that undermines dignity,” they say.

CJPC officials are calling on the government of Africa’s only absolute monarch to speed up the dialogue process.

“We call on the government to speed up the process. Let’s hope that an inclusive and meaningful dialogue will bring solutions to the ongoing political turmoil,” the Catholic entity officials said.

They express the hope that after the nation holds a national dialogue, there will be “a system that promotes the common good, protects individual rights, accountability and allows the majority of citizens to participate in matters that affect all spheres of their lives.”

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with a passion for Church communication. She holds a degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.

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