Tuesday, August 3, 2010


The cabinet minister love rival to King Mswati III of Swaziland is being investigated by the Swazi Parliament for alleged expenses irregularities.

Hardly had Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Ndumiso Mamba been released from the jail he had been banished to by King Mswati, sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarch, than questions were asked about international trips he had taken that were not budgeted for.

I’ll leave it to you to judge the timing of the allegations.

The Times of Swaziland, the only independent newspaper in the kingdom, reports on Mamba’s difficulty with fellow parliamentarians, but like the whole of the media in Swaziland it has not reported that Mamba was discovered last week in a hotel allegedly having sex with Nothando Dube (Inkosikati LaDube), King Mswati’s 12th wife, while the king was on a trip to Taiwan.

Mamba is accused of spending E200,000 (about 27,000 US dollars) on international trips that had not been budgeted for.

In his defence Mamba said he didn’t know in advance that he was going to make the trips and on one time he had been representing King Mswati.

I think we can safely assume the king won’t be asking Mamba to do that again.

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