People's United Democratic Movement
|People's United Democratic Movement
Insika Yenkhululeko Yemaswati
|Founded||7 July 1983|
|Youth wing||Swaziland Youth Congress|
|Ideology||Socialism, Social Democracy|
|International affiliation||Socialist International (consultative)|
|Colours||green, yellow, red and black|
|Politics of Swaziland
The People's United Democratic Movement is the largest opposition party in Swaziland. It is a Socialist party. Formed in 1983, it is led by pro-democracy activist Mario Masuku. The Swaziland regime has been watching PUDEMO closely since it launched the Ulibambe Lingashoni ("Don't Let the Sun Set") campaign, which is aimed at a "total liberation" of Swaziland, and has recently clamped down heavily on even small manifestations of support for PUDEMO. An example of this is the death in custody of Pudemo-member Sipho Jele - arrested for wearing a PUDEMO t-shirt in May 2010.       Also, in April 2008 its deputy President Gabriel Mkhumane had been killed by criminals according to the Swazi regime, but opposition supporters believe that he was assassinated by government operatives.
At the 2003 elections only non-partisans were elected.
- Nxumalo, Donny (2008-04-24). "Who killed Pudemo leader?". Mail and Guardian. Retrieved 2008-07-30.
- PUDEMO member murdered by Swazi police
- Killed i Swaziland for wearing a t-shirt
- Pudemo man found hanging in toilet, Times of Swaziland, 6 May 2010
- Danish report on activist killing, Swazi Media Commentary, 10 May 2010
- Swazi regime under pressure in case of Sipho Jele
- *ACTSA on various civil society organisations, including PUDEMO
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