SWADEPA teams up with Denmark's ruling party
MATSAPHA – Denmark’s ruling political party, the Social Democratic Party has endorsed the vision of the Swaziland Democratic Party, which is led by Jan Sithole as its president.
The Danish Party’s International Consultant, Simon Redder Thom-sen and Secretary Morten Damm Krogh are in the country to assist SWADEPA in its leadership seminar held at Esibayeni Lodge.
Thomsen, in an interview said his party was looking at further strengthening the cooperation it has with the Swaziland Democratic Party (SWADEPA), next year.
This, after SWADEPA openly said it would join the race for the 2013 parliamentary elections.
"SWADEPA has started on the right track, in ensuring that there is multiparty democracy in Swazi-land. We believe in the vision and mission of the party, because if they have influence, the benefits will go to all the people in the country."
Thomsen said the party had had discussions with other political parties such as the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO).
"We chose SWADEPA because their strategy carries greater potential. However, we are aware that PUDEMO is forging cooperation with another Danish party."
He said his party was also co-sponsoring the leadership workshop at Esibayeni.
Why SWADEPA will join elections
MATSAPHA – SWADEPA President Jan Sithole has said his party opted to participate in the 2013 general elections as a strategy to have a strong voice within the corridors of power.
He said this vision is also encapsulated in the party slogan ‘Angeke Sibayekele’ which means, ‘we will not let them’.
Sithole said SWADEPA would not stand in the background and watch while those in government fail the nation on good governance, human rights and accountability.
He was addressing SWADEPA members during the first day of the party’s leadership training at Esibayeni Lodge yesterday.
"Those of us who will make it to Parliament will put the agenda of the people on the street in government. We no longer want to fund the system and not make our voice heard on how we wish to be governed. If we put pressure from both inside and outside, the change will come fast. We are not saying we have a change of heart because the system is fine, but we are changing the strategy and tactic," Sithole said.
Sithole said SWADEPA had written to the Minister of ICT and asked to use the national radio and television but the party had received no response yet.
"Instead, we were recently made aware that for anyone to have access to the radio, the chief must have signed consent. This is far from freedom of expression."
He said the membership of SWADEPA had risen to above 5 000, despite that the party is only a year old.