Eswatini fierce military is reported to have unleashed a killing spree on unarmed civilians in capital Mbabane and Manzini in an attempt to break up protests calling for reforms to end absolute monarch, amid speculation that King Mswati is holed up somewhere in the country. A curfew of 6 PM to 4 AM has been imposed.
“Riots all over the country and near my house,” Eswatini investigative journalist, Nimrod Mabuza said.
He said the national power company had cut out electricity and internet connection is low.
“The army has moved into the two cities of Manzini and Mbabane and beating up everyone found around,” he said adding that soldiers are also manning roadblocks.
“I have been out of electricity for more than 12 hours.”
There has been sporadic shooting around the capital city Mbabane and some rights activists in custody. Over 40 people are said to have dead and 150 treated for gunshots injuries, according to Eswatini independent media, Swazi News. Other Eswatini sources said King Mswati remains holed up in the country quashing rumours that he had escaped to South Africa. This is a developing story.