MATSAPHA: Musa Nkambule, Lecturer at the University of Eswatini(UNESWA) has come out to confirm on record that they are forced to abandon their duties to work at King Mswati’s fields.
Speaking to this Swaziland News, Nkambule, the Chairman of Sive Siyinqaba ‘Sibahle Sinje’ said the administration normally make an announcement among the staff that they will be closing early to attend to the royal duties.
“We should be marking the scripts by then but we can’t do that because we are expected to attend to the royal assignment, this is not right” he said.
Nkambule was responding to questions after being asked to comment on another matter where Chief Mfukama Mndzebele was accused of forcing his subjects to pay fines for not attending Incwala ceremony.
He said the mere fact that they close early specifically to attend the royal assignment suggests that this was an order.
Earlier today, the Swaziland News reported that these Lecturers are forced to abandon their professional duties to attend to the royal duties.
Reached for comments on the subject matter, Salebona Simelane, the UNESWA Registrar confirmed that some Lecturers abandon classes to attend the royal assignment but said none of them was under duress or forced to demonstrate allegiance to the King.
“I have been here for 34 years now and no one among these Lecturers officially complained about working in the King’s fields. No one was ever punished or victimised for not participating in royal duties” he said.
The UNESWA Registrar advised the aggrieved Lecturers to balance their professional and traditional duties by working in the King’s fields early in the morning around 5 am and report for their University duties thereafter.
“If they are complaining that the royal assignment disturb their professional duties, I would advise that they work in the King’s fields in the morning around 5am and then report for their University duties thereafter” said the Registrar.
Regiments working at King\'s fields