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Man breaks into Lozitha Palace through the window to steal and eat Mswati’s food,King’s Spokesperson Percy Simelane says matter handled by the police.

Sunday, 17th March, 2024

Man breaks into Lozitha Palace through the window to steal and eat Mswati’s food,King’s Spokesperson Percy Simelane says matter handled by the police.


BY ZWELI MARTIN DLAMINI

Swaziland News,17th March 2024


MBABANE: A battalion of soldiers and the police were deployed at Lozitha Palace last week after a man intruded the Royal Residence to steal and eat King Mswati’s food.

Eswatini, a tiny Kingdom situated in Southern Africa, has about 70% of the population living below the poverty line, the country is also facing a high unemployment rate.

A questionnaire was sent to Senior Superintendent Phindile Vilakati, the Police Spokesperson, however, she had not responded at the time of compiling this report.

Reached for comments,Percy Simelane,the King’s Spokesperson said, he had no official record of the incident but confirmed that,there was a talk within the royal circles suggesting that the incident happened.

“Officially,we have no record of the incident. All we have is unconfirmed vine talk,which was doing circles  a few days ago.It appears to be a police case which,logically,we may not interrogate and discuss in public at the moment because it borders on security”, said the King’s Spokesperson when responding to this Swaziland News on Sunday afternoon.

But a royal guard who works closely with the King told this publication on Saturday that, they started to suspect there was an intruder within the Palace after noticing that,food previously left  “yesterday” was missing.

“We discovered that the young man was staying within the Palace for almost two(2) weeks without being noticed. There are vacate houses inside the Palace with a TV, beautiful beds and furniture and because the Palace is too big, the man managed to break a widow to stay inside one of the houses.We discovered that, at night he would go to the kitchen to take food and eat inside the room.So it happened that, one of the children took a walk inside the Palace wabona likhethini litsi yele!, watsi uyahlola kwabe kushobela phansi kwembhedze.The child then rushed to report, soldiers and the police were quickly deployed and the intruder was taken to Mbabane Police Station. Kodvwa-ke ngigcine sengiva kutsiwa iNkhosi itsite akahlolwe kutsi uyaphila yini engcondvweni, nakangaphili ayekelwe”, said the royal guard.

It remains unclear if the soldiers and the police stationed at Lozitha Palace will be called upon to account, as to how the security of the Head of State was compromised by the alleged intruder and what made them not to detect the presence of the young man inside the Palace.

Man breaks into Lozitha Palace through the window to steal and eat Mswati’s food,King’s Spokesperson Percy Simelane says matter handled by the police.
King Mswati-PHOTO: Darren Stewart/Gallo Images