MBABANE: Sikelela Dlamini, the Secretary General of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers(SNAT) says paying allegiance to the King through Kuhlehla is a systematic force as people might be denied scholarships, jobs and political positions for not being loyal to the King.
As a result, Dlamini said some of those who attend these cultural activities do so against their will but as insurance for their jobs. He was commenting to an article published by the Swaziland News in the earlier today where it was revealed that University Lecturers are forced to work in the King’s fields and abandon their professional duties.
“The force is systematic because, when you apply for a job in government, scholarships they will trace your parents and yourself to ascertain if you are loyal to the King. Some are even denied stamps in the various Imiphakatsi(Chiefdoms) if they don’t attend cultural events or perform Kuhlehla. So these Lecturers are forced to do this to protect their jobs” he said.
But Lusendvo Fakudze, the Ludzidzini Royal Residence Governor said Lecturers of the University of Eswatini should appreciate attending to royal assignments to show love for their King.
Responding to questions from this Swaziland News today regarding the allegations that these Lecturers are forced for abandon classes and work at King Mswati’s fields, the Governor said the UNESWA administration was a doing a great job to encourage them to attend royal assignments.
“The administration is doing a great job to put everything aside and encourage these Lecturers to attend to royal assignments. As a Lecturer, you must know your culture and traditions not to focus only on western things. They must love their King.” said the Governor.
Government Spokesperson Percy Simelane said his Deputy Sabelo Dlamini issued government position on the matter.
“The assistant government spokesperson Mr Sabelo Dlamini responded to these claims to the effect that raking part in the Incwala activities is voluntary. This position stands” he said.
Members of regiments during Incwala ceremony