The Swaziland Government has denied that the jet plane gifted to King Mswati III came from Kuwait.
Percy Simelane, the Swazi Government’s official spokesman, vigorously denied a report that first appeared in South African media at the weekend and quickly spread across the world.
The report quoted Prince Omari Dlamini, a relative of King Mswati, saying the plane was a gift from Kuwait. The report put the value of the plane at US$46 million.
Now, Simelane has stated that Prince Omari Dlamini is no relative of the King and his story is false.
In a robust statement, Simelane denied the claim and admonished media house editors. ‘We strongly feel that any reporter worth his/her salt should have known that “Prince Omari” may not represent the leadership or country position of the Kingdom of Swaziland because his existence is not known within the Royal Family neither is he a citizen or official here,’ he said.
However, Simelane has not denied a report that the true donor of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9 twin-engine jet was Salgaocar, an Indian-based private company that has recently acquired mining rights in Swaziland.
It is reported that the King stands to personally make US$100 million from a contact awarded to Salgaocar in Swaziland, where he rules as sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch.
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