From Swaziland Progressive Women's Movement (SPWM);
Just in case you've been wondering why the Communist Party of Swaziland keeps supporting PUDEMO (The People's United Democratic Movement), in the main, read this:
"The Communists everywhere support every revolutionary movement against the existing social and political order of things. In all these movements, they bring to the front, as the leading question in each, the property question, no matter what its degree of development at the time. Finally, they labour everywhere for the union and agreement of the democratic parties of all countries...
The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be obtained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions. Let the ruling classes tremble at a communist revolution. The proletarians (working class) have nothing to lose but their chains." - snippets from the Communist Manifesto (January 1848).
That's why the Communist Party of Swaziland took a decision to support and strengthen PUDEMO. It wasn't a mistake. It was a necessary step.
The People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) is a political movement committed to the creation, protection and promotion of a constitutional multi-party democracy, a transparent and accountable government, an environment conducive to the economic growth and empowerment and the development of a culturally vibrant and tolerant society, based on maximum participation and the respect of the will of the people.
PUDEMO shall be guided by the ideals of the People’s Manifesto which is a set of goals to be achieved by the government in carrying out its historic mission of destroying the foundation of tinkhundla oppression and building a new and democratic society.
We, the People’s United Democratic Movement, here in after referred to as PUDEMO declare ourselves to the world and the people of Swaziland that we are a political organization formed by the people of Swaziland and officially launched on the 7th July 1983 to unite and mobilize the oppressed majority of the Swazi people against the minority oppressive and exploitative tinkhundla rule.