The Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini says it notes with deep concern the ongoing violence against civilians and members of State security organisations.
On Monday, government received reports of the shooting of a security vehicle that forms part of Prime Minister Cleopas Sipho Dlamini’s escorts.
“And just this morning, we have received reports of the brutal murder of a civilian who was kidnapped from his home on Tuesday [27 December 2022] and his body dumped somewhere in Ntondozi.
“This is in the backdrop of alarming murder cases taking place across the country in the past weeks, and several other failed attempts to kill police officers in recent weeks,” Eswatini government said in a statement.
These incidents, State security says, are sending a two-fold message to the public; that rogue elements in the kingdom are in possession of illegal and unlicensed firearms, and that guns are in the hands of “a happy trigger lot that shoots without any reason or specific purpose.”
The Eswatini government has strongly condemned these criminal activities and pledged to institute thorough investigations to unearth the hide-out spots of the perpetrators.
It added that the crime investigation services will launch a nationwide exercise to scan the environment “particularly around Matsapha and surrounding areas, which have given the State enough evidence that these places may have already been saturated with illegal firearms.”
The government is urging citizens to report any suspicious behaviour that may lead to further loss of life.