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Friday, 27 May 2011

SWAZI KING ‘AN ENDURING DICTATOR’

CBS News in the United States has named King Mswati III of Swaziland one of ‘the world’s enduring dictators.’


According to CBS, dictators are people ‘who continue to rule their lands unimpeded by law’.


King Mswati, sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch, and his royal family, ‘has faced very little opposition to its hegemony over the tiny, landlocked and poverty-plagued country, ’ CBS says.


‘Mswati III has avoided accusations of violent repression and extra-judicial killings, in large part because of the lack of much political opposition, but his retinue of 14 wives was built by marrying many underage girls, sometimes chosen by the king on whims.


‘His most heinous act appears to be living an opulent lifestyle “fit for a king” while his country languishes in extreme poverty.’


It goes on, ‘The Times of India reported on March 19 (2011): “King Mswati III has a Rolls Royce, 13 palaces and 14 wives, and just received a pay increase, even as a cash crisis forced Swaziland to slash spending, feeding anger against his regime. The government has frozen state wages and imposed higher taxes to fight the country’s worst-ever fiscal crisis.”


To read the full report, click here.


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