King Mswati III, the absolute monarch of Swaziland, has once again been at the centre of events in his kingdom. His refusal to recognise there was a drought crisis and hundreds of thousands of his subjects were at risk of hunger set back relief efforts by many months.
The King’s vast wealth was in the spotlight when it was reported he could make US$65 million with the reopening of a gold mine in his kingdom. The King supposedly holds mineral royalties ‘in trust for the nation’ but in fact he uses such monies to finance his personal lavish lifestyle that includes 13 palaces, fleets of Mercedes and BW cars and a private jet.
Elsewhere it was reported that new rules if they come into force would censor what could be taught at the University of Swaziland, where King Mswati is Chancellor. The university was told it should not ‘teach things which could be detrimental to the wellbeing and image of the country’.
King Mswati III’s absolute monarchy in Swaziland ‘ultimately is incompatible with a society based on the rule of law’, a report into the kingdom’s judicial crisis and published by the International Commission of Jurists concluded.
These are some of the stories from the past three months that have been reported by Swazi Media Commentary. A new compilation called Swaziland Striving for Freedom, vol 21, January to March 2016 is available free of charge on the Scribd website.
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