MBABANE: King Mswati has appointed Prince Sicalo as the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Defence in the midst of regime-change oriented tension within the army.
The appointment was announced by Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini through a press statement dated 10 October 2020 that include five Principal Secretaries who were deployed to various Ministries.
It comes few days after this publication reported that some senior and junior soldiers were now aggrieved and against the King’s leadership something that might result to a revolution.
An investigation by this publication uncovered that before the looming tension, the army was divided in two factions, one loyal to Prince Sicalo and the other loyal to Prince Lindani, these are King’s sons who are secretly vying to take over the Throne when the King dies.
“These appointments are with immediate effect. We are grateful to His Majesty for making and blessing these appointments” said the Prime Minister when announcing the appointment of the Prince and five others into various Ministries.
An independent investigation suggests that on or around April 2020, Mashikilisane Fakudze, a 3-star Army General allegedly held a secret meeting with Prince Lindani at Nkoyoyo where a plot to oust Army Commander Jeffery Shabalala was discussed at length. The meeting came subsequent to the suspension of Brigadier Lasco, the Head of Royal Guard and the subsequent weapons discovery of missing weapons that were allegedly recovered in possession of Prince Lindani's right-hand man in the army Brigadier Thembinkosi Mngomenzulu, a close relative of Inkhosikati Sibonelo Mngometulu known as LaMbikiza.
It has been disclosed that Army Commander Shabalala was to be replaced with Brigadier Thembinkosi Mngometulu and these secret meetings allegedly took place at the time when the King was critical at Manzana Royal Hospital struggling to breathe and foreign doctors had to fly into into country to assist, this was disguised by government that the “doctors where here to assist COVID-19 patients”.
Questions were sent to Tengetile Khumalo, the Spokesperson of the Umbutfo Eswatini Defense Force but she had not responded by the time of compiling this report.
With political tension looming, army insiders told this Swaziland News that the King allegedly expressed concerns that his army was divided, he tried solving the division by re-deploying Prince Lindani who was this week appointed Economic Affairs Director in the King’s office.
"Kumatima lana, the army is divided when I told you last time about the issue, maybe you took it lightly but look what is happening now. Kuhle kwebiwa netibhamu tiyofihlwa(meaning: Its tough here, sometimes weapons went missing" said the army insider.
An independent investigation by this publication further uncovered that this month of October, the King allegedly ordered soldiers to be trained on 'peace keeping' each Army Camp is expected to provide a list of 32 soldiers to be trained in countries like Mozambique and upon return, those officers are then expect to train others.
Insiders told this publication that this coming week, members of the army who are part of the peace-keeping training are expected to walk from Mdzimba to Phocweni as part of the intensive training it could not be ascertained when another team will leave the country to Mozambique.
Speaking to this Swaziland News on Friday, Sibongile Mazibuko, the President of the Ngwane National Liberation Congress(NNLC) had warned that the King might soon be in serious trouble for suppressing soldiers and imposing questionable fines.
This was after an investigative report from this publication suggesting that King Mswati allegedly imposed a fine of 41 cattle worth over E400,000.00 on royal guards for sitting on tigici.
"Those close to the King must warn him,he is now suppressing everyone even those with guns who are expected to protect him" said the NNLC President.