The People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), the largest democratic movement in Swaziland (PUDEMO) leadership is deeply saddened to announce the passing on of their beloved former and long-serving President Comrade Mario “Bhambatha” Masuku.
Speaking to the media about his death was Brian Sangweni National Spokesperson, in his words he said:
“We take this time to inform our esteemed members, the entirety of Emaswati, our allies locally and globally of this sad development.”
“We are shattered and devastated, we never fathom that our brightest shining star would lit the revolutionary skies at this point in time.”
Mario Masuku was born in 1951 in the village of Makhosini and attended Evelyn Baring High School, He was the leader of the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), Eswatini’s banned opposition party.
In a coup plot in 2001, Mario Masuku was arrested and imprisoned in Matsafa High-Security Prison.
He was re-arrested on November 15, 2008, under the Anti-Terror Law. 2008 At the funeral of Musa Dlamini, who died while allegedly trying to bomb the Lozita Bridge, Masuku allegedly verbally aided the recent bombing of state institutions. He was acquitted and discharged from the Supreme Court on September 21, 2009, after spending 340 days in prison.
On May 1, 2014, Masuku was arrested along with student activist Maxwell Dlamini after speaking at a May rally in Mancini.
They were accused of terrorism and rebellion. Shortly afterwards, a widely supported international campaign for their release began.
Rest your aches and savour your joys. Your thundering fall has caused us pain and remorse. You remain our knight with your shining amour, we shall celebrate hope ignited in your ever so upright faith in humanity.
PUDEMO and the Masuku family will make updates on further developments.