HLANE: King Mswati allegedly questioned National Commissioner of Police William Dlamini and the then Acting Prime Minister Senator Themba Masuku why they appointed Senior Magistrate Nonhlanhla Dlamini to investigate the death of Thabani Nkomonye.
This is contained in an electronic evidence in possession of this Swaziland News investigation Unit that further exposes how the King held a high level meeting with the then Acting Prime Minister Senator Themba Masuku and Heads of the Security forces in the midst of the Justice for Thabani protests. According to the electronic evidence, the King held the meeting at Hlane Royal Residence , a few kilometers away from Sikhupe International Airport in May 2021 where he was ‘hiding’ in the midst of the protests. He allegedly questioned the Acting Prime Minister and the National Commissioner as to why they appointed the Coroner to investigate his police officers instead of the same law enforcement agency investigating itself.
“Appointing another person to investigate the police is discrediting the organization, this means I don’t have police officers if someone will just come-in and investigate them”, the King allegedly said.
It has been disclosed that while the King was ‘shouting’ at both the Acting Prime Minister and the National Commissioner, the two tried to calm him by saying
“Besibhula umlilo”(we were just calming the situation), however the King would hear none of it.
A questionnaire was sent directly to King Mswati via his mobile number and copied to Government Spokesperson Sabelo Dlamini, however, both of them had not responded at the time of compiling this report.
The electronic evidence further exposes that King Mswati questioned the National Commissioner as to why pro-democracy Members of Parliament ( MPs)particularly Mduduzi ‘Magawugawu’ Simelane were not arrested yet he had long issued an order to that effect.
The National Commissioner allegedly responded that Prosecutors were still looking at the technicalities of the charges, the King wanted the three MPs that include Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube to be charged for allegedly inciting public violence.
Reached for comments, Mduduzi ‘Magawugawu’ Simelane, the Siphofaneni MP confirmed that he was also aware that the country’s authorities wanted him arrested.
“This is the pain of being Liswati that strives to represent the will and views of our people as genuine as they are. Being persecuted for standing for the truth. May I confirm that through many sources such an isue has been brought to my attention.My deep prayer is that may all those in power realise that this is not the time for wishing the nation’s call away. Its time to walk the talk. Our leadership has always boasted that we as a country are believers of dialogue. The struggle is not about Gawzela but the nation. Hunting for my blood is a big sign of cowardice when the simplest way is to engage in dialogue,” said the Siphofaneni MP.
Speaking to this Swaziland News, Mbongseni Shabangu, the Secretary General of the Swaziland Democratic Party(SWADEPA) said it would be very unfortunate if there can be an authority who questions the investigation of police or soldiers who are killing civilians.
“The simplest interpretation of such an act would be, the people who are shooting emaSwati are being instructed to do so”, he said.
The SWADEPA Secretary General said those who are involved in such brutal acts should remember that they would account for the crimes against humanity.
Reached for comments, Colani Maseko, the President of the Swaziland National Union of Students(SNUS)said as a union, they were not surprised with the conduct of the King who continued to commit crimes against humanity.
“When addressing the Nation during Sibaya he didn’t even send condolences to the families of those who have been killed. This is what we told SADC Troika that our biggest problem in this country is that we are ruled by a dictator”, said the Students Union President.
King Mswati is a subject of an investigation by human rights organizations for possible crimes against humanity, even though he denied killing civilians during his public address on Friday, more electronic evidence in our possession suggests that he was complicit to the ongoing killing of Swazis who are demanding democratic reforms.