MBABANE: Senior members of the royal family want Prince Masitsela to facilitate an urgent meeting with King Mswati to discuss the current political crisis and some of the King’s controversial statements.
Speaking to this Swaziland News on Sunday, a senior member of the royal family who cannot be revealed for now pending the proposed meeting said as children of the late King Sobhuza they were highly concerned with the conduct of the King who seemed prepared to destroy the country.
“We were hoping Mlangeni that Masitsela will organise the meeting with the King so we can discuss the current political situation manje naye Masitsela sewusesibhedlela nganasi sifo lesikhona kulamalanga kani nguye lomdzala.(meaning:unfortunately, he is currently hospitalized). We were surprised that the King can call Sibaya without consulting us and even went as far as telling the world that everything in eSwatini belongs to him. Sobhuza told us that everything belongs to the Nation. Even now, people are being killed by security forces who are protecting the King, ngabe kuselive-ke lelo?” said the Prince.
King Mswati, when addressing the Nation on Friday said everything in eSwatini belonged to him.
“Everyone belongs to the King, everything in eSwatini belongs to the King” ,he said.
In public statement, human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko, the Chairperson of the Multi-stakeholder Forum said the King displayed his dictatorship tendencies when he spoke of the country and the citizens as belonging to him.
“Through the sarcasm and insults directed to the citizens, the King blatantly displayed his dictatorship tendencies when he spoke of the country and the citizens as belonging to him as though they are his personal property” he said.
Eswatini is in the midst of a political crisis after King Mswati issued a decree banning the delivery of petitions, SADC Troika is currently engaging the civil society as part of an intervention after the situation manifested into chaos.