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“We rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance…” Maxwell quotes Romans 5 upon his release.

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As the social media exploded with news that Mario Masuku and Maxwell Dlamini have been granted bail by the Supreme Court of Swaziland. We are stil reminded that the two were arrested because as activists in their own right and through the organization they represent ; a better livelihood for Swazis; better health system; a truly blind Judaical system ; free quality education; a progressive economy is what ordinary Swazis deserve and nothing less.

Its the principles of democracy that ensure a country yields what is in favour of its people that were being advocated for when they were arrested on the 1st of May 2015 ; a workers day.

It is the spirit under which they were arrested that every Swazi needs to stand up in every sector of society and demand social services e.g elderly grants, medication at clinics ; challenge the hiking of water; electricity ; petrol and every economic shift that is perpetuating to place the life of an ordinary Swazis in a desperately worse of standard of livelihood than we already live in. Mean while we are taxed just for waking up in the morning through 14% VAT.

The international community , in calling for their release and every other human rights prisoner : were calling out for system of governance that respect and promotes human rights and freedoms as found in country constitutions under the Bill of Rights.

To this it must be mentioned that it is not yet “Uhuru”. The two human rights defenders and political activists in being arrested flagged out a gross violation of the right and freedom of association and expression which are still being prevented by one of the bail condition in not allowing them to address in public gatherings.

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