“The people have no confidence in the call for calm or the gesture of calling for dialogue and the entire governance system particularly where the King and the government are working at cross purposes of the dialogue being sought,” they say, and add, “There can be no peace and reconciliation at the barrel of the gun.”
The MSF officials further say that the Eswatini government is not genuinely concerned about the people as the King chose to commiserate with those who have lost property in the ongoing unrest before consoling with families that have lost their loved ones when calling for Sibaya.
This “demonstrates a concern more for property and infrastructure rather than the lives of the people,” say the MSF officials.
In the statement signed by MSF's Chairperson, Thulani Rudolf Maseko, the representatives of different organizations in the country state their readiness to discuss the country’s instability with SADC or any other mediating body on a "5-point plan" for the nation.
The plan features issues around the ban on all political parties, the need for a transitional executive authority, a new democratic constitution, a multiparty dispensation in the country and an all-inclusive mediated political dialogue.
“We believe that the 5-point plan carry the mandate and aspirations of the people and will advance their desire for self-determination under a system of governance that will further the interests of all citizens without favor or discrimination," MSF officials say.
They also advocate for dialogue at “a neutral venue that will be acceptable and approved by all key stakeholders for the convening of any meetings that seek to chart a way forward for the nation'' instead of the Ludzizini Royal Residence.
Eswatini has been engulfed by protests since June as citizens call for a democratic rule to replace the monarchy system of government.
The latest wave of violence in the country that was previously known as Swaziland started about two weeks ago and is being spearheaded by students and transport workers.
Last week, officials of the Catholic charity and peace foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), who expressed concern about the political instability said the protesters are calling for the release of two pre-democracy legislators arrested in June.