Eswatini Daily News

By Ntombi Mhlongo                               
Acting Prime Minister Themba Masuku has encouraged emaSwati to unite against the financing of terrorism.

Masuku issued the call when he announced that UK commercial banks have decided to close down all bank accounts held by persons that are non-residents in the UK. 

He also announced a commitment by the Kingdom of Eswatini to assist emaSwati who may have challenges claiming their monies from the UK banks. Masuku said the government welcomes this move as it will be instrumental in facilitating the global efforts to curtail crimes such as money laundering and the financing of terrorism, to mention a few.

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“The British Honorary Consulate in Eswatini has made Government aware that this decision is already being implemented by the various commercial banks in the United Kingdom and that the Kingdom of Eswatini will likely be affected by this landmark decision.”

Elaborating, Masuku said any individuals or groups that hold UK bank accounts necessarily must get in touch with their various banks to claim their monies held in such accounts.

“In consideration of this policy development, His Majesty’s Government has decided to assist those who may have challenges with the claim processes. If you are one of those who may require such assistance, please contact the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for further guidance and assistance.”

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He highlighted that this decision also comes at a time when the Kingdom of Eswatini is investigating reports of money laundering and financing of terrorism by unknown individuals and international organisations as seen with the recent spate of terrorist acts across the country.

Masuku then warned emaSwati to desist from participating in and supporting any activities that promote either money laundering or financing of terrorist acts. 

He said those that are hiding behind the scenes and sponsoring terrorist activities will soon be unmasked and face the consequences for their actions.

 “Government will continue to endeavour to make Eswatini a peaceful country as has always been the case. I urge all emaSwati to unite and stand together as we collectively fight against terrorism.”

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