Continue pursuit of democracy - Irving
MBABANE - Ambassador of the United States of America Earl Irving has urged the people of Swaziland to see their pursuit of a democratic society and self determination as an aspiration set out in their Constitution.
The ambassador was speaking during the commemoration of the 236th anniversary of his country’s independence held at his residence yesterday.
"I urge the people of Swaziland to see your pursuit of a democratic society and self determination as an aspiration set out in your Constitution, in similar light – as an endless journey upwards which brings me back to the words of our declaration for independence. It is no accident that the drafter chose the words, Life, Liberty and the pursuit for happiness," he said.
"The declaration does not guarantee happiness as an inalienable right, it requires pursuit. It is a call to action for the citizens of the United States of America, one to which I am proud to say, so many Americans have risen over the last 236 years," the ambassador said.
He said it is through striving for something greater that the American people have been the engines of their social, political and economic progress.
The ambassador said throughout his term he had witnessed moving examples of Swazis who are taking care of their fellow citizens.
"Everyday, there are grandmothers giving their time to the children neigbourhood care points.
"Women’s rights activists are working to ensure that women are included as full partners in all aspects of Swazi life," he said. The celebration was attended by among others Prince Mguciso who was representing His Majesty King Mswati III, Minister of Foreign affairs and International Cooperation, Mtiti Fakudze, Minister of Agriculture Clement Dlamini and Minister of Sports Culture and Youth Affairs Hlobisile Ndlovu.
Other attendees included President of the proscribed Peoples United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) Mario Masuku, SNAT President Sibongile Mazibuko, Jan Sithole, Wandile Dludlu and Doo Aphane.
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