MATSAPHA: University students has joined the Swazi Nation and the rest of the world in condemning the purchasing of BMWs worth over E250million by King Mswati.
The purchasing of the BMWs came hardly a week after the delivery of Rolls Royce cars worth over E200million that would be used by the King and his wives, in a country were about 70% of the population live below the poverty line. Sibusiso Matsebula, the President of the Limkokwing University Students Representative Council(SRC) said government was now prioritizing the royal family while ignoring the plight of the people.
“The Monarchy is a financial drain for the country and its very unfortunate that government is prioritizing it. The problem here is that the King cannot be held accountable yet he is benefitting from public funds” he said
Southern Africa Nazarene University (SANU) SRC Secretary General Xolane Masekosaid the King and his government has proved that they have no regard for the poor citizens.
“The current system of governance does not help the ordinary Swazis but rather the royal family and those who are very close to the Monarchy” said Secretary General.
Christian Medical University SRC President Prosper Simelane said the King was overspending and expressed serious that he has spent over E300million within a week but still refuse to award civil servants their Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).
“The King has spent over E 300 Million within a week but still refusing to award civil servants their Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)”
Lunga Dlamini, the University of Eswatini SRC President said government should have prioritized health instead of the luxurious cars that will benefit only the royal family.
“That means our government basically is failing to prioritize important issues, why can’t you prioritize health and education over a fleet of luxurious cars. We are moving to a point where the Nation will run out of patience” he said.
Swaziland National Union of Students President Mlamuli Gumedze felt resources were only for a chosen few.
“The resources of the country are channeled towards the Royal Family to make sure they live a luxurious life, while the ordinary citizen suffers. As we speak some tertiaries have been shut down because of delayed allowances” said the SNUS President.
King Mswati III