Swazi Observer Editor Thulani Thwala won His Majesty King Mswati III’s heart when he congratulated him for leading the country through stability as opposed to reports of conflicts in greater Africa, where there has been bloodshed.
Thwala said it was encouraging for the King to promote dialogue such as calling the nation to Sibaya to discuss issues of crucial importance.
He had in mind the hottest issue of Prime Minister [Barnabas] Sibusiso Dlamini, who has taken the same government he heads to court.
His Majesty, in turn, expressed appreciation of Thwala’s observations that the country was relatively peaceful and the efforts made by the King to this end. He added that it was the nature and life of Swazi people to consult and dialogue. He said the process began at umphakatsi to tinkhundla, Smart Partnership Dialogue and other fora.
“This is a sign that we talk about our issues and about ourselves to come up with resolutions. These may not necessarily be cast in stone as though they are judgements but are resolutions until we hit a common ground.”
(Report in the Weekend Observer, a newspaper that constantly claims to be the independent voice on behalf of the Swaziland people, today – 28 May 2011. The Observer is in effect owned by King Mswati).