Eswatini Protest: Monarch orders MTN to shutdown Facebook

Eswatini Protest: Monarch orders MTN to shutdown Facebook

The only monarchical government in Africa (The Eswatini monarchy), has so far been experiencing the full energy of its people fighting for a reformation of the government system.

Since 1986, Mswati became king traditionally after the death of his father. 

To quiet the awareness of the ongoing protest, the Eswatini government first ordered the country’s main telecoms operator, MTN, to close down social media which left many unable to connect to the internet or even have access to Facebook among other social media platforms.

The protest is based on the need for democracy which has been going on for months.

According to the Eswatini government, the social media platforms were “irresponsibly” promoting false information, which was “contributing to the violent attacks and events around the country”.

The government says via its official website from the desk of Princess Sikhanyiso, the Information Minister:

“As government, we have an obligation to restore peace and order to bring a stop to the violence currently taking place,”

To standout and show transparency, MTN informed its users in the country about the government’s order for effective closure.

“Yello Valued Customer, Please note that MTN received a directive from the regulator to suspend access to Facebook until further notice and the directive has been implemented. We regret the inconvenience caused,” the message read.


By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.

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