Zimbos join protest against Mswati

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Southern African exiles will picket in London today protesting the visit to the United Kingdom by King Mswati III of Swaziland to attend the Royal Wedding.

Swazi protesters will be supported by members of advocacy group Zimbabwe Vigil who are unhappy at King Mswati’s support for President Robert Mugabe whom they accuse of gross human and property rights abuses.

Zimbabwe Vigil has been campaigning against human rights abuses and for democracy in Zimbabwe, outside the Zimbabwe Embassy every Saturday since October 2002.

The protest is also supported by Action for Southern Africa, another advocacy group.

King Mswati III, one of the world’s last remaining absolute monarchs, has 13 wives, but it is not known how many will be among the entourage of 50 joining him at one of London’s most expensive hotels.

The protest is organised by Swaziland Vigil which has been demonstrating outside the Swaziland High Commission in London in support of human rights and democracy in the impoverished country.

Swaziland Vigil co-ordinator Thobile Gwebu said: “King Mswati is making our country a laughing stock, but the brutal action taken against recent anti-government demonstrations shows how bad the situation in Swaziland really is. We would love it if the British government withdrew his invitation to attend the wedding because he is such a bad example to any young couple.”