US Ambassador warns King Mswati on extravagant spending, PUDEMO calls for sanctions
BY JOHN SEYAMA
Swaziland News, 25 July 2020
MBABANE: The United States Ambassador in Eswatini, Lisa Peterson has once again raised her concerns about the reckless and extravagant spending by the Royal family.
Speaking during a discussion with members of the Editors\' Forum, Peterson expressed serious concerns regarding the King’s extravagant spending saying it left her wondering why her continues to support social programs in eSwatini.
“I was very mad when the Royal family spent millions on sleek wheels. I have spoken to the king in private about this issue. I have also publicly made statements where I raised my concerns. I do not see the reason for the king\'s children to go to Disney world during the time of drought. I have also seen them going to the United Nation’s General Assembly, and I fail to understand that. For the past fifteenth years, the United States government has pumped in over $0.5 billion to Eswatini. Why are our taxes coming to Eswatini when someone clearly has a lot of money and he doesn’t know what to do with his money,” said Peterson.
Speaking to this Swaziland News, Wandile Dludlu, and the Secretary General of the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) said sanctions against the Royal family is the only solution towards ending the extravagant Royal expenditure.
“After condemning, the United States will sign a new deal pumping millions of United States taxpayer’s monies to various basic services to the Eswatini government. Let the United States government sanction the Royal family as well as top government executives who fly to the Disney world, Las Vegas and Dubai. PUDEMO calls on smart targeted sanctions on the Royal family and the Prime Minister,” Dludlu said.
Reached for comment by this publication, Lucky Lukhele, the spokesperson of Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN) said the international community is withdrawing assistance given to Emaswati.
“We are very concerned about the reckless spending by the Royal family. The working class and the poor are always on the receiving end. The monarch goes to the International community to ask for donations and it is difficult for them to assist a government with a head of state spending money irresponsible. The International community has seen the head of state buying many expensive cars at a go, which is a clear indication that there is money in the country,” said the SSN Spokesperson
US ambassador to Eswatini Lisa Peterson.