MBABANE: Lucky Lukhele, the Spokesperson for the Swaziland Solidarity Network(SSN) said King Mswati was acting recklessly by hosting the annual Incwala ritual ceremony at the time when the surge in COVID-19 confirmed cases suggest that the Kingdom was already hit by the second wave of the virus, he calls for the disruption of the ceremony.
In a statement issued on Friday the SSN spokesperson said it was reckless to host the ceremony on the eve of the second wave of COVID 19 infections and also described the Incwala ceremony as pure sorcery which the Royalty believes it makes Swazis timid and loyal to them.
"It is this belief that makes the Incwala ceremony so crucial to the Royal family to the extent that the King opted to expose his subjects to a possible mass infection rather than cancel the event.This recklessness has angered many swazis who have since planned to disrupt this event on the 24 December by blocking all roads leading to the Ludzidzini cattle byre where the event is held every year" reads the statement in part.
But Themba Masuku the Deputy Prime Minister issued a statement and strongly warned that government will take swift action against those who are planning to disrupt the ongoing incwala ceremony.
"It is important to send a strong warning that we will not hesitate to take swift action against anarchists intent on disturbing the cultural festivities and national peace and stability. Emaswati will not tolerate people who are purposely malicious and highly disrespectful to our heritage" , said the Deputy Prime Minister in a statement.
Incwala ritual ceremony continues in the midst of the COVID-19 second wave.