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 MANZINI – A move by a group of aggrieved Siphofaneni community members to deliver their grievances about the Primary Elections was quashed by the police.

The incident took place yesterday near Madlenya Royal Kraal under Siphofaneni Inkhundla. The group of aggrieved community members had planned to march to deliver a petition to Siphofaneni Police Station at 10am.
However, when the first group from Madlenya marched to meet the others, who were waiting for them at Siphofaneni Village, the police allegedly stopped the march.

According to some of the marchers, they allegedly informed the police about the intended march on Tuesday. They said this was after they delivered their complaints to the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) last Wednesday. “The police gave us a green light to march to deliver the same complaint to them on Thursday (yesterday). They also asked us to start marching at 10am so that they would control traffic and ensure peace and order,” the community members alleged.

They further alleged that when they gathered at the agreed venue near Madlenya Royal Kraal, there were no police but they decided to start marching with the hope that the police would come before they reach the tarred public road.

They said, when they reached the main road, they found uniformed police officers waiting for them. “However, we were shocked when they told us to abandon the march or else we would face arrest as it was unlawful,” the alleged.

According to the community members, the police allegedly told them that they were supposed to seek permission to march on the public road from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and submit the approval to them.

They said what shocked them most was that when they notified the police about the march on Tuesday, the law enforcers allegedly did not raise the above concerns. Their main grievance was that there were people who were allegedly ferried from other chiefdoms to vote under Madlenya Chiefdom.

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