Swaziland. Democratic activists in January urged the
Coca-Cola Company to withdraw its support for the
authoritarian king Mswati's regime. Some data claimed that
Coca-Cola accounted for 40% of Swaziland's state income.
countryaah, Swaziland was in a difficult financial crisis, but the
government refused to accept South Africa's loan offer
because it was conditional on demands for political and
The crisis hit the health services hard. State hospitals
ran the risk of ending braking medication against HIV.
Swaziland has one of the worst HIV epidemics in the world.
Of the 1.2 million residents, about 230,000 are infected
When the budget was published, it turned out that the
royal family and the military received increased funding,
while major investments in the health and social sector
failed. Over 60% of the people were estimated to live in
poverty, while the king with his 13 wives was believed to
have a wealth of over $ 100 million. In addition, during the
year, the king received a private jet, according to himself
by an anonymous sponsor, but according to the opposition
paid with tax money.
The government planned a censorship law that would ban
users of Twitter and Facebook from criticizing the king.
Although Internet use is limited in Swaziland, Facebook and
Twitter have been used to organize protests.
A protracted conflict between mobile operator MTN
Swaziland and state-owned post and telecom company SPTC
reached its peak in October with a constitutional crisis.
MTN, which had its king and prime minister among its
shareholders, had won a legal battle against SPTC for
monopoly in part of the telecommunications market, and then
the authorities closed SPTC's service.
Parliament, which urged the government not to shut down
the service, voted through a vote of no confidence.
According to the constitution, the prime minister would
resign after three days, otherwise the king must dismiss
him. But both failed to vote. Demands for the government's
resignation grew, but after a couple of weeks Parliament
completely reversed and resumed its confidence vote.
Pressures from the king were considered to be behind.
In November, Ellinah Wamukoya was named Africa's first
female bishop in the Anglican Church. She was consecrated
within the South African Church but she will serve in the
Church of the Conservative Swaziland.