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The Role of a King in the Swazi Nation

Friday, 6th December, 2019

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In this country, there are many people who do not have an idea of the role of a King-in as far as holding together the nation of the Swazi people is concerned. The Swazi king should not practice deceit, dishonesty, corruption, nepotism, dictatorship, greed, hatred, prejudice, extortion and all the bad things that happen under the sun. He should not mingle with people of questionable or dubious characters. If he practices any of the above, he is on his way out of the Palace and he cannot do anything to redeem himself. We cannot continue to have a King who suddenly becomes an embarrassment to the Swazi nation. As long as he holds the highest office in the land, he cannot conduct himself anyhow he deems fit. The name King Mswati lll comes with honor and dignity, and these characteristics are earned over a period of time, but our king has done all of these things that are incompatible with the office he holds. Do you remember the Salgaocar guy called Shan, this guy was nearly locked up at Matsapha airport for bringing in bad stuff into Swaziland? He was saved by his association with the king. Why did the King demand the $3.5M which was released back after the court case in Toronto? This money had come from government coffers and it should have gone back to the government. Why is the King grabbing government farms and transferring them to the Silulu properties?  The secret deals he enters into with certain potential investors cannot be used to fund a lavish lifestyle for the King and his family. This is not different from money laundering and associated crimes.

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I, for one, refuse to have a King associated with backhand deals. Swaziland is a state and can never be equated to a game park that is privately owned. When King Sobhuza ll died in 1982, His wives were eventually moved from the royal residences. They were put in some houses that were built for them. Let us be realistic! The King will not confine his mother (the Queen mother) to Ludzidzini or Buhleni Royal residence. The point I am making is that you should expect a castle to go up not very far from now. I guess it will be in the region of $10M. Where do you think this money will come from? I am not daydreaming here. There is no reversing of the times now. The King has failed us as a people, and we are no longer proud of him as our king. We can have him legislating for himself and interpreting the laws for himself alone. Nobody has ever explained to him what it means to be “above the law” in the Swazi context. He has given us the status of servants in this country. As servants, we do not have any right whatsoever. We have no right to vote, no right to form political parties, no right to form a government of our choice, no power to legislate and to appropriate resources. We need a referendum on the King! We can’t have a situation where a King is replaced by another King with the same powers like this one. Under the status quo, the King forms his own government, his own judiciary and Cabinet to look after his interests. All of those he appoints serve his interests very well and they have no obligation to look at the interests of the servants (who ought to perish in their numbers).

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The Role of a King in the Swazi Nation
eMaswati during Sibaya