MBABANE: The Government of the Kingdom of eSwatini has refuted allegations published by the South African media suggesting that King Mswati has issued a decree for the arrest of four Emaswati.
This comes after the South African media, including the Citizen newspaper reported that King Mswati has issued an order to arrest Swaziland news editor Zweli Martin Dlamini, veteran journalist Musa Ndlangamandla, Sibahle Sinje Chairman Musa Nkambule, and Prophet Gcina Mtsetfwa. The SA media quoted a statement released by the Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN), a pro-democracy solidarity movement.
In a press statement, Sabelo Dlamini, the Deputy Government Spokesperson said the information was misleading and had no basis or fact.
“It has been brought to the attention of the Government that there are several news articles published mainly by South African media insinuating that His Majesty King Mswati III has issued a decree to arrest four Emaswati on treason charge. This is misleading information which has no basis or fact. Constitutionally the King does not issue orders of arrest, and no order has been issued by the Royal Eswatini Police Service,” said the Deputy Government Spokesperson.
But Lucky Lukhele, the Spokesperson of the Swaziland Solidarity Network(SNN) said the statement was a desperate measure by a conquered regime to control the damage it created for itself as it was reported that Sibahle Sinje Chairman Musa Nkambule had to flee his home after it was raided by the police.
“The police confirmed that they raided Musa Nkambule’s home and he had to flee his home, there’s a possibility that he might meet the police with his lawyer on Monday. If government is denying this, then why was Gcina Mtsetfwa’s family summoned by Liqoqo? What we did is that we pre-empted something that they were planning to do, and this include arresting the editor of the Swaziland News who recently published a story about the King’s out-of-wedlock neglected child,” said the SSN Spokesperson.
Lukhele maintained that they have evidence from inside the royal family that an order was issued for the arrest of these four citizens who are critical of the Monarch.
Government Press Statement