Wednesday, October 26, 2011


In the week it was revealed that one in four people in Swaziland suffer from a mental illness, King Mswati says he has been contacted directly by God through a television remote control.

The king, sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch, told a group of evangelical Christians at the weekend that he has seen a TV remote control unit fall from a table to the floor and through this action he knew that God was giving him a sign that he was ready to meet with him.

The African Eye News Service reports that when King Mswati preached at a prayer meeting at Lozitha Palace near Mbabane, Swaziland, on Saturday, he said God miraculously communicated with him.

Reverend Jonas Dlamini, one of the preachers at the event, is reported saying, ‘The king preached to us. He was filled with the light of the Lord when he told us that God had given him a sign when he was getting ready to meet us. He said a TV remote on his table dropped to the floor with no one touching it and that is how he knew God was communicating with him.’

The Times of Swaziland, the kingdom’s only independent daily newspaper, confirmed that Mswati told his audience about the ‘miraculous’ experience.

‘His Majesty saw a miracle yesterday when he was preparing his sermon. The King said a remote control lay at the centre of a coffee table but something mysteriously brought it down.

‘He said there was no person or wind that could have brought it down. The King said he realised that God was with him. It was Him who brought the remote control down,’ reported the paper.

African Eye reports that Mswati and his Dlamini clan believe that they were chosen to rule Swaziland. His older brother, Prince Masitsela Dlamini, told African Eye that God had given the royal family authority to rule over other Swazi clans.

‘The Dlaminis are closer to God,’ said Dlamini.

Meanwhile, Psychiatric Centre Matron Phumelele Dlamini said during the launch of the mental health week, that one in four people in Swaziland suffered from mental illness.

She didn’t mention the king, but gave a variety of examples of mental illness, including alcoholism and schizophrenia. One of the symptoms of schizophrenia is hearing voices that are not there which direct a person to act in a way they wouldn’t otherwise do.

The Swaziland Solidarity Network in a statement was less circumspect. It said, ‘Mswati’s lack of sobriety manifested itself at the prayer that he had at the royal palace on Saturday. He told the packed gathering that while he was preparing for his hypocritical sermon, he had witnessed a television remote control mysteriously moving from the table to the floor without anybody touching it.

‘This in scientific terms points to either the misuse of hallucinogens and narcotics or possibly an advanced state of schizophrenia. Just because we are opposed to the man’s agenda does not mean that we should not be concerned for him as a human being, and we sincerely suggest that his family makes sure that he receives medical attention very urgently.’

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