As a deeply compassionate people we, the members of the April 12 Swazi Uprising Movement, are deeply saddened by the loss of lives in Japan due to an earth quake.
Although we might be known to the world simply as a political movement ready to bring change to our own troubled nation, we are also human beings who are brought up to value the principles of Ubuntu and gratitude.
The Japanese people since time immemorial have always contributed, by way of donations and trade, to our poor nation. These donations went directly to aid the poor people of Swaziland.
So many ambulances and other medical equipment donated by the Japanese continue to help Swazi people even today. We grieve with them in their time of trouble, and hope that they will find comfort in knowing that after April 12 we will be sending a delegation of Swazi soldiers to help them rebuild their country. We also urge our movement to donate the little that they can to the various organizations raising funds for the rescue effort.
This is the very least that we can do for a nation that has, since the year 2000, loaned our country more than US$ 50 million and donated a further $US 70 million as grants. This is not any country to us. It is a true friend, unlike the hypocritical Taiwanese who exploit our citizens while giving us peanuts.
Many Swazis would never have owned cars if it were not for the grey imports that Japan sells to Swazis instead of crushing them as they are no longer considered roadworthy in their country.
The current government of Swaziland lack basic humanity and exhibits selfishness if after all these gestures it cannot even send a single battalion to aids rescue efforts in Japan. Swazi soldiers are lying idle and walking around the country intimidating government officials. They should have long been deployed to save Japanese lives.