News / Africa

Swazi King Loses Two Wives - Still Has 11

One of Swazi King Mswati's 13 wives arrives for the annual Reed Dance, at Ludzidzini in Swaziland, August 28, 2011.
One of Swazi King Mswati's 13 wives arrives for the annual Reed Dance, at Ludzidzini in Swaziland, August 28, 2011.
TEXT SIZE - +
Peta Thornycroft

King Mswati the third, the absolute ruler of Swaziland, is having marriage problems as two of his wives have abandoned him and gone to South Africa, and one of his remaining 11 wives reportedly also tried to leave but is under house arrest. Bankrupt Swaziland is struggling to treat people in hospitals and educate children at schools, and many citizens are blaming King Mswati’s lavish lifestyle for the country’s financial predicament.

Mswati’s chief officer, Bheki Dlamini, confirmed that two of the kings’ wives had left the monarch, but said this happened some time ago. He said he did not know that another wife wanted to flee the small southern African kingdom.

Independent newspapers in neighboring South Africa report that Queen Inkosikati LaDube is trying to leave the country, but is under house arrest and feels she cannot leave without her three children.

Lucky Lukhele, the spokesman in South Africa for the Swaziland Solidarity Network, said many are concerned about the physical safety of the queen.

“She is under house arrest. She is not allowed to go out and attend any functions, only when she is sick, and she has been beaten twice by the security force," said Lukhele.

The Swaziland Solidarity Network encourages a cultural boycott of Swaziland and works with other organizations to isolate King Mswati.  The network describes the king as an absolute ruler who tolerates no democratic organizations, trade unions or free media.

Swaziland is bankrupt, and in August, South Africa offered Mswati a loan of about $400 million. But the South African government said it would administer the disbursement of those funds and tied the loan to democratic reforms.

So far, the king has not taken up the offer. Meanwhile, pro-democracy activists say that hospitals are without drugs and that large numbers of people with HIV/AIDS can no longer access anti-retroviral drugs because the state does not have the cash to import them.

Political analysts in South Africa say that although the British-educated king rules by decree and has expensive tastes, he still has considerable support from many traditionalists in much of the mainly rural kingdom.  

King Mswati ascended to the throne in 1986, and no law can pass without his signature and that of his mother, also known as the 'She Elephant.'


You May Like

Abuja Blast Impacts Lives, Livelihoods

Officials say they are looking at ways to help bombing victims and boosting security More

Cambodia Technology Adviser Criticizes Cybercrime Draft Law

Phu Leewood says current criminal code can be used to prosecute offenders and that there is no need for a separate law More

Photogallery A Year Later, Boston Remembers Deadly Marathon Bombings

City pauses to honor victims and salute emergency workers who came to their assistance in frantic moments after blasts More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Google Buys Drone Companyi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X
George Putic
April 15, 2014
In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Ray Bonneville Sings the Blues and More on New CD

Singer/songwriter Ray Bonneville has released a new CD called “Easy Gone” with music that reflects his musical and personal journey from French-speaking Canada to his current home in Austin,Texas. The eclectic artist’s fan base extends from Texas to various parts of North America and Europe. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin.
Video

Video Millions Labor in Pakistan's Informal Economy

The World Bank says that in Pakistan, roughly 70 percent work in the so-called informal sector, a part of the economy that is unregulated and untaxed. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Islamabad on how the informal sector impact's the Pakistani economy.
Video

Video Passover Celebrates Liberation from Bondage

Jewish people around the world are celebrating Passover, a commemoration of their liberation from slavery in Egypt more than 3,300 years ago. According to scripture, God helped the Jews, led by Moses, escape bondage in Egypt and cross the Red Sea into the desert. Zlatica Hoke reports that the story of the Jewish Exodus resonates with other people trying to escape slave-like conditions.
Video

Video Police Pursue Hate Crime Charges Against Kansas Shooting Suspect

Prosecutors are sifting through the evidence in the wake of Sunday’s shootings in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri that left three people dead. A suspect in the shootings taken into custody is a white supremacist. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, he was well-known to law enforcement agencies and human rights groups alike.
Video

Video In Eastern Ukraine, Pro-unity Activists Emerge from Shadows

Amid the pro-Russian uprisings in eastern Ukraine, there is a large body of activists who support Ukrainian unity and reject Russian intervention. Their activities have remained largely underground, but they are preparing to take on their pro-Moscow opponents, as Henry Ridgwell reports from the eastern city of Donetsk.
Video

Video Basket Maker’s Skills Have World Reach

A prestigious craft show in the U.S. capital offers one-of-a-kind creations by more than 120 artists working in a variety of media. As VOA’s Julie Taboh reports from Washington, one artist lucky enough to be selected says sharing her skills with women overseas is just as significant.
Video

Video UN Report Urges Speedier Action to Avoid Climate Disaster

A new United Nations report says the world must switch from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources to control the effects of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the report (Sunday) following a meeting of scientists and government representatives in Berlin. The comprehensive review follows two recent IPCC reports that detail the certainty of climate change, its impacts and in this most recent report what to do about it. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble has the details.
AppleAndroid