Here is the Swaziland national budget for the years 2012 – 2015. Some of this information has been covered by the media in Swaziland, but as in previous years it is the information they choose not to tell us – or are too afraid to tell us - that is most interesting.
I have already written about King Mswati’s take from the budget, but also revealed in this document is the fact that the budget for the King’s Office (head 52) will rise from E70,692 in the financial year just ending to more than E5 million in the coming year. No information on the need for this increase is given, except that it is all for ‘CTA vehicle charges’.
Also noticeable is the rise in ‘head 60’Central Transfers – the amount set aside for ‘contingencies’, that is payments that do not fall under any other budget heading. The sum put aside here rises from E476 million in the year just ended to E1.68 billion in 2012/13.
The amount set aside for defence (i.e. internal security) spending rises to E610.79 million from E522.57 million (head 08). Spending on police rises from E546.2 million to E635 million (head 05).A further E7 million has been set aside for state security equipment and a further E1.25 million for training the Royal Guards in the coming year.
STILL NO SACRIFICE FROM SWAZI KING
Swaziland Budget 2012