The Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) in Eswatini has slammed the government for allegedly stifling the voice of the nation by stopping the delivery of petitions at the Tinkhundla centres.

On Thursday, the Eswatini government under the Tinkhundla system announced a decree stopping the delivery of the petitions, which call for democratic reforms.

Thousands of citizens across the country marched to the various constituencies to deliver petitions.

SNAT President, Mbongwa Dlamini, says its about time that the country changes from the Tinkhudla system to a democratic one in order to address challenges faced by the nation.

“The fact that people should not give petitions to members of parliament we view that as suppression to the freedom of expression and freedom of assembling, so if Tinkhundla system is democratic those people who are representing the people in their constituencies they should get their mandate from the constituencies”

Dlamini says they will continue to pressure the government until it gives in to the demands of the people.