Swaziland. During the year, the conflict between the opposition and the king continued in Africa’s only absolute monarchy. In April, 16 members of the banned opposition movement PUDEMO (People’s United Democratic Movement) were arrested in a protest action demanding democratization. In the same month, it became known that King Mswati III married his 13th wife, who was thus endowed with luxury in the form of palaces and cars. At the same time, the king planned his own birthday party for the equivalent of SEK 14 million. Mswati’s extravagant lifestyle has caused growing outrage in a country where about 40 percent of adults are HIV-infected, 70 percent of the population lives on less than a dollar a day and a famine is emerging.
According to CountryAAH, Mbabane is the capital city of Swaziland. The drought in the region hit Swaziland so hard that the government talked about the worst ever. This year’s corn harvest was disastrous. The UN Food Agency warned that about 400,000 people, about a third of Swaziland’s residents, could starve to death until the 2008 harvest if the outside world did not receive enough help. The UN appealed for assistance to Swaziland equivalent to over SEK 100 million.
The chairman of the National Crisis Committee said that global warming was behind the rising rate of drought in Swaziland. The rain used to come every year in September, but now it will be November or even December before the rain falls, Ben Nsibandze said. However, in spite of the food crisis, Swaziland continued to export biomass from the basic commodity maniac. Thousands of hectares of land were used for ethanol production in the area most affected by the drought.
In July, thousands of public servants marched in protest against the regime and demanded democracy. The requirements also applied to pay and working conditions, but the main requirement was that the ban on political parties should be lifted until the 2008 elections.
Swaziland weather in March, April and May
Average daily temperatures between 21 ° C and 24 ° C can be expected over the next three months. Mbabane is the warmest in March, while May is a little cooler.
The expected rainfall is around 14 days in March, around 10 days in April and around 5 days in May.