On this day, the 07th of July 2013 workers of Swaziland employed in the Manufacturing and Processing, Mining and Quarrying, Commercial, Security, Hotel and Catering, Service and Textile and Apparel Industries converged to the Salesian Sports Ground in Manzini to launch the Amalgamated Trade Union of Swaziland in a historic event that shaped the future of trade unionism in Swaziland. Workers in one voice said “No more to spaza unions, no more to divisions within the Labour movement” but most of all workers said “forward to unity forward”.

It gives us pleasure that despite the nay Sayers who wanted to blame us for not being registered by Government, a majority remained united and looked at the bigger picture and focused to what brought us together as workers. To those who could not withstand the coercing and pressure from Government to sell our noble cause, we say come back home; ATUSWA remain your only home and hope. Unity of workers remain relevant to this very day. To this day we have been proven correct in our position for remaining firm to the position we took on how to approach the registration and the unity of workers with or without registration. The position was clear; unions are not formed by Government but by workers and that the unity amongst workers shall remain regardless of the status of registration.
As we celebrate our third birthday it gives us pleasure to proclaim that we have arrived; our officials and organizers are working tirelessly to build and consolidate the unity of workers in all the sectors that formed ATUSWA without exception. To us the resolution TUCOSWA launching Congress read with the resolution of our launching Congress confirm our Constitutional mandate to unite all workers working in all the sectors that formed ATUSWA and we shall not fail in that mandate.
Our immediate task is to ensure that;
i. We conclude the already rolling consolidation as quickly as possible.
ii. We reclaim our rightful place and play a major and uncompromised role within TUCOSWA.
iii. We fulfill our responsibilities within the Global Union Federations that we chose to affiliate to during our launching Congress.
iv. That we work on aligning and centralizing collective bargaining activities.
We call on all our members to implement Congress decision that all workers are organizers.
As we celebrate 3 years of our formation we are pleased to launch a website ( and our WhatsApp line (+268 76464510). We represent an evolving organization which moves with time and if we must organize the young which remain our greatest priority we must move with times because we believe that an organization that does not embrace changes remain stagnant. This is in addition to our Facebook page which have been our social contact with our members.
Issued by:
Wander Mkhonza
Secretary General
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  3. What a year!
    The outgoing year was one in which our nation was subjected to all manners of battering and uppercuts, a laughing stock of the world, attracting all
    types of negatives headlines in the global arena. Every time
    I get a mail from CAF on preparations for the Nations Cup, I get this gut feeling, one of regret and sorrow,
    one that leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

    It is a feeling that sees me cursing 2014. The year for me, was one in which perhaps the only good thing to happen to sports was the Commissioning of the state of the art Akwa Ibom International Stadium.
    It is a year in which I forget that I was in Namibia to see the Falcons lift the African crown after escaping FIFA sanctions by the skin of the

    I woke up Friday morning to the decision that my
    desperation to see 2014 disappear needed a therapy of sorts.
    I needed to see whether I was the only one who felt this way about 2014 or whether there
    were some positives about this outgoing year that
    I was either oblivious of, or my mind was trying to shut out.

    I picked up my phone and sent out a text message to some selected colleagues.
    I told them ” ……On Monday I want to write on my Sports moments 2014. Share my column. Briefly text me your moment and why…..

    In a jiffy I got a reply from Aisha Falode. ” Watching Blessing Okagbare at
    the starting blocks of the 100 metres final at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
    She was ready for the gold. She looked her best.
    She had her hair coloured in gold. Her make up was
    sun kissed gold. She looked very beautiful in green white green. Her start
    was perfect, her pace measured with a consistent rhythm that could have been perfected with the
    moment in mind. And when she cut through the pack like a natural gazelle, we
    knew Blessing had struck gold. That, was a sporting
    memory to cherish…….”

    Wow, poetry in motion. Well scripted.

    This was concurred by Toyin Ibitoye when he replied ”
    Oga Paulo, my sport moment of 2014 was Blessing Okagbare’s double victory in 100 and 200 metres at
    the Commonwealth Games.”

    The reply of Linus Mba was very interesting. ” At the time that some Nigerians were busy
    toying with our football and describing FIFA ban as a farce, my sports
    moment in 2014 was when CAF withdrew my match appointment as match commissioner for the nations cup qualifier
    between Sierra Leone and Seychelles in anticipation of the FIFA ban on Nigeria.
    The wide publicity given to the withdrawal was like
    a wake up call to everyone on the reality of the ban and this galvanized the football family
    and government to sit up and work towards averting the ban…….”

    For Duro Ikhazuagbe of This Day, “……My 2014 sport moment was standing inside the main bowl of the new Akwa
    Ibom International Stadium in Uyo and having the same feelings I had covering the 2010 World
    Cup at the Soccer City Stadium in Soweto, South Africa.
    I never imagined any state capable of reinventing that facility in Nigeria.


    Ade Ojeikere of the Nation Newspapers differed. ” My Sport
    moment was the day Nigeria crashed out of the 2015 Africa Cup
    of Nations. It served as the wake up call for change in the way that the
    Super Eagles was been run by an all knowing coach. Nigeria’s exit from the Africa Cup of Nations
    was God’s uncanny way of humbling Eagle’s players and coaches.
    It also served as a rude awakening to the can-do-no-wrong coach that the
    feat in 2013 in South Africa wasn’t entirely from his technical savvy.
    Our feat in South Africa was God’s way of rewarding Nigerians who prayed fervently for the achievement after 19 years .otherwise my sport moment for 2014 ought to be Blessing Okagbare’s feats at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

    Lekan Olaseinde of in Abuja had some regrets.”…..Sir it is very difficult and herculean task to pin point any particular moment as my 2014 sport moment, but one that will remain indelible in my memory was the sudden demise of Ramson Ugele, a colleague and a close friend who was committed to mother earth on December 13. His fatherly advice, constructive critiscm and rib cracking jokes endeared him to me. I was at his sick bedside and knew that it will take only the grace of God for him to survive but he lost the battle to renal failure…….Of course missing out of AFCON 2015 remains my biggest disappointment for the outgoing year”

    Mitchel Obi, the AIPS Africa President referred me
    to an article he wrote entitled “Nigeria’s Blessing of Change” he wrote.

    “No doubt the Blessing Okagbare who picked the gold Monday night to emerge the new sprint queen of the Commonwealth had a refreshing confidence that mocked the quality of our preparations for this 20th edition of the games which Interestingly Nigeria would have hosted to mark her centenary were it not for the successful Glasgow bid in Colombo, Sri lanka seven years ago.

    From her pink spikes, her adorable blonde hair and the majestic take-off from the blocks-a distant departure from her almost customary lukewarm start’ , it was apparent this Blessing had a novel anointing and nobody not even the dreaded Veronica Campbell will deny her this rare moment of glory and history.

    With a new games record and a flamboyant finish Blessing finally found joy in another British city and she takes pride in her feat within the Nigeria track chronicle of shaping the tone of tomorrow. When did we last make our mark in Commonwealth sprinting? And that’s why for me it is remarkable that the generation that opened the glorious door to global acclaim in track and field is indeed the spearhead of this resurgence or is it rebirth. From Mary Onyali to Blessing Okagbare we may not have a distinct shift but there is a transition and that is where we have to focus on as we begin the journey to reignite the fading glow of our once distinguished and celebrated sprints dominance. That, was my sporting moment of the year.”
    I rest my case.

    NFF and clubs in Africa

    The decision by the Nigeria Football Federation to help our clubs who will be donning Continental togas in next year’s Africa club
    cups is a welcome development. For some time now, our
    epileptic league has not allowed for proper planning.
    No sooner will the league start than our clubs will be thrown into Africa battle leaving them with no pre season time
    to either recruit or be in shape for the continental fiesta…… You can imagine the fact that most leagues in Africa are now in their tenth week, while we are in holidays…..the result has always
    been early exists that does not do justice to the quality of the domestic league here.

    I therefore welcome and commend the NFF for
    planning to put together a mini tournament between the clubs
    and some National teams that will help to toughen up the clubs and prepare them for Africa next year.
    See you next week.

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  4. In this interview, Mr. Festus Enegide, an activist, says if the country must move forward, there is the
    need for President Muhammadu Buhari to tinker with his cabinet.

    By Lekan Bilesanmi

    Until he travelled, there was controversy about the health of the President and
    whether or not he should proceed to England to take care of his health?

    Why was the noise about his health? Is he not human? When you are sick,
    you are sick; there are no two ways to it. Health is wealth.
    I was of the opinion that he should proceed to the UK to take care of his health.

    And I am happy he finally did. There is no way, as a sick person, you
    can have full concentration on your work. By the time he returns, he would, hopefully, be a healthier person.

    Nigerians believe that some of the current ministers
    ought to have been discarded long time ago, especially those that have not lived up to expectation. Where do
    you stand?

    You are absolutely right. Many of the ministers
    ought to have been sacked. For example, one would have expected that the
    president would have done something on the sports

    The labour ministry is another area the presidency needs to look into; so also
    the ministry of works, power and housing. It appears,
    to my mind, that the enormity of the three-in-one portfolio
    is having its toll on the minister. Perhaps, there is
    need to see how it can be decongested. No doubt, Babatunde Raji
    Fashola is one of the best ministers but if we want to bring out the best in him, I believe there would be the
    need to see how the three ministries can be reduced
    into one or two.

    How about the solid minerals, education and foreign affairs ministries
    among others?

    I think the foreign affairs ministry has performed below average.

    There has been lack of activities in that ministry
    since the coming of this government. Look at the pockets of problems Nigerians had in South Africa in the
    last two years, it ought not to have happened repeatedly if that ministry had been up-and-doing The news coming out of our foreign missions is not palatable.
    Education is another ministry that is neither here nor there.
    There isn’t much happening there. I have not seen visible impact of
    that ministry in the sector.

    The solid minerals ministry, all I have been hearing is mere rhetoric; nothing more.
    Again, I am disappointed that two years after the 2014 governorship election in his home state of Ekiti,
    Dr. Kayode Fayemi is still bellyaching over his loss of that election; even after he has had his
    day in court up to the highest court in the land.

    His tenure as governor, he didn’t seem to have achieved much.
    Even the Women Centre to immortalise his late deputy, Funmilayo Adunni Olayinka,
    which he proposed, was started and completed by his successor, Ayo Fayose.

    Since the second coming of Fayose, a lot has been going on in terms
    of infrastructural development.

    The flyover along Fajuyi Road, the first of its kind in the
    old Ondo State; the new High Court Complex, the first since the
    creation of Ekiti State; the new Oja-Oba Market; the new Governor’s Office; the Odo-Ado street light project; the dualization of roads all over the state; are there
    for all to see, not to mention the “stomach infrastructure”
    projects of Fayose. At last month’s International Women’s Day celebration, Fayose set aside
    N500million as revolving loan to assist women entrepreneurs.
    I learnt Fayose inherited huge debts from Fayemi. When funds to service the debts are deducted from the allocations from the Foundation Account,
    Ekiti is left with very little money. This is the reason salaries and pensions are in arrears.

    Like I have heard the ordinary folks say times without number, Ekiti people want a
    governor they can see and touch; not an elitist kind of person who
    operates too far from them. Fayose is a grassroots politician and
    the people’s governor. Though some of us may
    not like him, the important thing is that
    his people like him; his people see him; feel him; he talks to them;
    goes to them; and they go to him and he attends to their needs.
    And that is the most important thing because they would ultimately decide his political future.
    The Ekiti governor is the lone voice speaking up for the masses, not only in the South-West but also all over the country.

    Imagine the huge support he gave to Nnamdi Kanu.
    For this, he is even more loved in other parts of the country than in his own Yoruba base.

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