Swaziland. According to Countryaah.com, Eswatini Independence Day is September 6. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) criticized Swaziland at the beginning of the year for plans to buy a jet plane to King Mswati for the equivalent of just over SEK 340 million. The sum is twice as large as the country’s annual budget for health care. The Minister of Finance rejected the criticism and explained that Swaziland does not need to receive advice based on how the country’s economy should be managed.
About a third of Swaziland’s population received international food aid during the year. The famine was due to the drought in southern Africa but was also linked to the AIDS disaster. Nearly 40% of the adult population in Swaziland is HIV-infected, and many have already lost their lives in AIDS. The estimated average life expectancy has dropped dramatically from 61 to 37 in ten years.
The parliamentary elections in October received a low turnout after the largest trade union organization, SFTU, called for a boycott. SFTU is an important language for the opposition because political parties are banned.