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Eswatini government denies ordering the arrest of four citizens for treason

The Swaziland solidarity network said on Friday that prophet Gcina Mtsetfwa, Sibahle Nkambule, and journalists Musa Ndlangamandla and Zweli Dlamini were facing arrest.

eSwatini flag. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG – The government of eSwatini says it's not true that King Mswati III has ordered the arrest of four citizens on allegations of treason.

In a statement posted on the government Twitter account, spokesperson Sabelo Dlamini says the claims reported in South Africa are intended to paint a bad image of the king and country.

The Swaziland solidarity network said on Friday that prophet Gcina Mtsetfwa, Sibahle Nkambule, and journalists Musa Ndlangamandla and Zweli Dlamini were facing arrest.

Eyewitness News spoke to prophet Mtsetfwa, who says some police officers informed him that the king had issued the order for him to be arrested, and that they were preparing the charges with the director of public prosecutions.

He says this followed his address at a trade union march where he said eSwatini had to be to be a multi-party democracy by 2022 – and the king must shape up or ship out.

However, Dlamini says the king does not have the power to order arrests.

Apart from the statement on Twitter with no contact details, attempts to get comment from Dlamini and the eSwatini High Commission in South Africa have been fruitless.