The king with 15 wives, 25 children and countless violations
Map of Swaziland
The king Mswati III of Swaziland and his deputy have constantly violated the universally recognized human rights of women and girls, including their right not to be on the spot confinement (arbitrary detention) without any proper notice and the right not to be commanded to forced marriage.
This 47 year old king is called Mswati and currently has 15 wives and 25 children and is planning to coup 16th wedding.
This is the real situation in Swaziland. A brief know about what to those, who do not know about Swaziland, it is a small, monarchy in southern Africa.
It is known for its boonies reserves and feasts depicting conventional culture. Mozambique, being its northeast border Swazi extends down to South Africa.
Violations And Allegations
- Mswati is accused of forcible detention of women he desires to wed and bed, albeit no criminal case can be lodged against him.
- In his raunchy attempts, in the year 2000 he supposedly called for a senatorial meeting cogitating if people with HIV +ve symptoms be “sterilized and branded”.
- As per the bizarre Swazi tradition, the king can marry his fiancées only after proving they can bear heirs. Until then, they are termed liphovela, meaning “Brides” and they have to fall pregnant prior to marriage.
- The citizens of Swaziland are gripped by fear besides years of financial chaos, royal corruption, and exuberant lifestyles of the royal family.
- Swaziland is interpreted as being on the threshold of horrible fiscal disaster due to above factors.
- The worst part is despite all the facts known to all still, under the Swazi law and practice, the king is empowered with fundamentally all powers of the state. That is why despite Swaziland holding a prime minister, Mswati still enjoys supreme governing authority over the plenum and courts.
- When a handful of activists and journalists took the street demanding departure of Mswati in 2011 and 2012, he got arrested the Swazi and foreign journalists who went to cover their demonstrations.
- When the editor of the magazine The Nation was found guilty of contempt of court in 2013, he was sentenced to a fine of 200,000 emalangeni (more than 16,000 euros) or two years in prison if the fine was not paid. Enough to silence him and encourage his colleagues to do the same.”
How the Swaziland elects the king?
Not by the people, but by the royal families will. The king is chosen traditionally through his mother as represented in the Swazi saying Inkhosi, yinkhosi ngenina, meaning “a king is king through his mother”.
Mswati’s hegemony has been lambasted for its numerous human rights violations.
- His administration has been accused of using torment and extreme force to control common man as well as blatant hatred in opposition to buck groups.
- His government is arraigned of extrajudicial killings by his forces, along with injudicious arrests, kidnappings, and indefensible searches and illegal seizures of homes and property.
- His reign restricts people from freedom of speech, homely assembly and association, and often intimidate social activists and journalists who dare to talk or write against him.
- Mswati has purportedly slanted the labor leaders, social activists against child labor, and reporters among other groups. Despite King’s atrocities no court dared little or acted to arrest, charge sheet or punish Mswati’s misbehaviors or the officials who violated the law and wreaked the abuses.
His royal violations are many and among them the LaMahlangu controversy is very popular where he kidnapped, Zena Mahlangu, an 18-year-old school student, in Oct 2002. Her mother, Lindiwe Dlamini, learned that her daughter had been kidnapped by 2 men Qethuka Sgombeni Dlamini and Tulujani Sikhondze, and she lodged the complaint to the police.
Later, Dlamini was informed that her girl was at Ludzidzini Royal Village and was being chosen to be the next wife of the king Mswati . She demanded that her girl be brought back to her custody, and threatened to prosecute the king.
As per the Swazi tradition, to become a bride she must not be disabled, or a twin; whereas Zena Mahlangu was the other half of a brother-sister twin set, and therefore not eligible, appealed her mother. The matter went to the High Court, but Swaziland’s Attorney-General Phesheya Dlamini intervened and dismissed the petition.
Zena has since had 2 children, and officially became the Mswati’s wife in 2010.