The best-known of the prodemocracy groups in Swaziland has accused King Mswati III of stealing from children so he could have his own personal jet aircraft.
The People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) said the move to buy a A430-300 Airbus for E200,000 (US$13.2 million) was ‘corrupt’ and ‘insensitive’ at a time when about one in four of Swaziland’s 1.3 million population was in extreme danger of hunger because of the prolonged drought in the southern Africa region.
PUDEMO, which is banned in Swaziland where King Mswati rules as sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch, said that the US$13.2 million could have been better spent.
Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini, Prime Minister of Swaziland, South Africa, visited JSW Steel plant at Torangal on Wednesday, as part of his personal tour of the country. Vinod Nowal, Deputy Managing Director JSW Steel, and Sanjay Sagar, Joint Managing Director, JSW Energy, received him and his entourage and took them around the premises.
Mr. Barnabas also visited the Vijayangar township and had a virtual 3D tour of Hampi, the erstwhile seat of Vijayanagar empire, at the Kaladham set up in the township.
Prince Hlangusemphi Dlamini, Minister for Economic Planning and Development, Moses Malindane Vilakati, Minister for Agriculture, Senator Jabulile Mashwama, and Minister for Natural Resources and Energy Kareem Ashraff, were part of the entourage.