Editors and civil society meet in Swaziland
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Editors and civil society meet in Swaziland

MISA-Swaziland e-Forum article By e-Forum contributor Portia Magagula November 15, 2013 MBABANE — Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland) hosted a meeting of editors and civil society leaders at the City Court lodge yesterday morning. The gathering was sponsored by the US Embassy in Swaziland. MISA advocacy officer, Phakama Shili, who organised the event, said … Continue reading

Governing starts with the people
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Governing starts with the people

In theory, when a citizen votes for a parliamentary representative, that representative is meant to embody the will of the person who voted for him or her.  Phakama Shili, advocacy officer at Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland), writes a weekly column for the Swazi Observer. The column, ‘Constitutionally Speaking’, considers human rights and the quest for democracy in … Continue reading

Half a loaf is not better than none: marriage rights in Swaziland
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Half a loaf is not better than none: marriage rights in Swaziland

If Swazi women are to realize their rights as enshrined in the Constitution, there needs to be a holistic review of the marriage laws in the country. A good way to start would be amending all marriage laws by passing legislation that will bring about equality of spouses in marriage. Phakama Shili, advocacy officer at Swaziland’s Media … Continue reading

The role of the media during elections
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The role of the media during elections

“Free and unfettered inquiry is the foundation upon which our first world status will be built.” Phakama Shili, advocacy officer at Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland), writes a weekly column for Swazi Observer. The column, ‘Constitutionally Speaking’, considers human rights and the quest for democracy in Swaziland. Read on for this week’s article on the role of … Continue reading

Human rights too expensive in Swaziland: MISA advocacy officer
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Human rights too expensive in Swaziland: MISA advocacy officer

“A Swaziland worthy of first-world status can only be facilitated by a people who are patriotic to their country and honest to the sufferings of the nation.” Phakama Shili, advocacy officer at Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland), writes a weekly column called Constitutionally Speaking about human rights and democracy for the daily newspaper Swazi Observer.  Swazis … Continue reading

Food for votes poisons democracy
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Food for votes poisons democracy

Phakama Shili, advocacy officer at Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland), writes a weekly column, ‘Constitutionally Speaking’, about human rights and democracy for the daily newspaper Swazi Observer.  The article below appeared in the Swazi Observer on May 30 2013. You will find all of Phakama’s ‘Constitutionally Speaking’  articles when you click here.  It is an honour … Continue reading