Swaziland – 22 July 2016

Swaziland Rights Group Lashes King Mswati Over Jet Purchase

The Swaziland Solidarity Network has lashed out at King Mswati III, questioning his morality and leadership and saying that he deliberately works against getting people out of poverty.

This criticism comes after the king purchased a second jet, an Airbus jet that reportedly belonged to China Airlines and has the capacity to carry 350 people.

It says the purchase is a slap in the face of citizens living in poverty, who are still suffering from the drought that has gripped the southern part of the continent.



King’s Spending – U.S. ‘Might Halt Aid’

The US ambassador to Swaziland, has said the kingdom might not receive further food aid from her country because of the Swazi King’s ‘lavish spending’ on holidays.

She was responding to media after it was revealed that at least three of King Mswati III’s wives were on holiday in Orlando, Florida last week – with an entourage of more than 100.

The cost of this holiday was equivalent to the drought relief that the US was currently providing to the drought-stricken country – E14 million (US$1 million).