Happy Birthday Bayete

Balloons and garlands of coloured flags have been strung up around Mbabane for the King’s birthday on Tuesday but the skies are grey, the streets are wet and the mood is gloomy.

Now that the roadblocks that became a feature of everyday life over the past week are almost gone, people are taking stock of what happened during the almost-protests . People are coming forward with  stories of being dumped kilometres away in the middle of nowhere by police who picked them up for trying to protest. Some walked 10kms to get back from nowhere.

No one seems much in the mood to celebrate the King’s 43rd birthday and indeed I hear nothing official is planned. Mswati thanked the police over the weekend for saving the nation from the “devils”.


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