MBABANE: Mbongiseni Shabangu, the Secretary General for the Swaziland Democratic Party (SWADEPA)says it is obvious that the hosting of the Incwala ritual ceremony contributed to the surge in COVID-19 cases.
Speaking during an interview with this Swaziland News, the Secretary General made it clear that the hosting of Incwala was one way of showing that the government makes its own regulations.
“Government is flouting its own regulations, they only follow these regulations when it suits them and now everyone has to adhere . This whole situation is totally out of control and the government of Eswatini has without a doubt failed the nation. This goes on to show that this is a really bad time to host such ceremonies as we are in the midst of fighting this ravaging enemy\" , he said.
Lizzie Nkosi, the Minister of Health recently released a statement and was also interviewed by the international media where she was defending the hosting of Incwala which left the nation infuriated and shocked about the country’s decision to host the annual ceremony.
“What I can say to you is that the ceremony happened and the people were properly social distanced, we tested everybody” said the Minister speaking on News Room Africa .
Before the hosting of the Incwala ceremony, Eswatini had recorded around 6000 cases and about 120 COVID-19 deaths. Now the deaths have ballooned to 427 with a total of 13 789 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date in a period of less than a month.
Incwala ritual ceremony.