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Wednesday, 10 March 2010


A group of Christian leaders in Swaziland have hired a ‘hitman’ to murder journalists who exposed them as devil worshippers.

Three reporters have been targeted because they reported that a group of pastors had been worshipping the devil as a way to raise money.

According to a media report in Swaziland, the pastors have ‘enlisted the services of hitmen from South Africa to eliminate three journalists who apparently blew the whistle on them’.

The journalists are reported to be Channel Swazi News Editor Mhlonishwa Motsa, Ingwazi News Editor Lucky Ndzimandze and reporter Zweli Dlamini, also from Ingwazi.

According to the Weekend Observer, the a newspaper in effect owned by King Mswati III, sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch, the pastors were exposed on a talk show broadcast on Channel S.

The newspaper reports that the pastors ‘met behind closed doors’ and they decided ‘that the journalists be assassinated for “meddling into our business”’.

This is not the first time Christian leaders in Swaziland have called for journalists they do not like to die.

In 2007 Pastor Justice Dlamini, a well known pastor and media figure, said he was praying for the death of two journalists from the Times of Swaziland after that newspaper published a report about Dlamini and an argument he had with another pastor about a clapped out car owned by Dlamini’s church.

I am happy to report that Pastor Justice’s prayers did not work and he just made a complete fool of himself.

I hope this latest case of Pastor Power proves to be just as ridiculous.


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Anonymous said...

A bad post today, Rooney. People who worship the devil are not called Christians. I assume that you must have an agenda here and are not simply ignorant of religious history.

The Observer doesn't even call them Christians nor does it name the pastors. The real story is if someone dies. As it stands now, it sells the paper and shows that you believe whatever you read (even in the Observer). A good reporter would ask why the paper owned by the king would seek to discredit clergy. What does his administration stand to gain from this?

The stuff you cite, like another time an assassin was hired, is the stuff of hearsay. The fact that nothing happened only proves the point.

Too much to drink last night?

We depend on you to stay focused and know your stuff. This time you failed.

Richard Rooney said...

My interest is the threat to journalists which they will see as very real. I don't care about the pastors, who whether you like it or not say they are Christians. Pastors are Christians. Have you ever heard of a Muslim pastor?


Anonymous said...

Muslim clergy, yes. Christian satan worshippers, no.

Don't you think the King's newspaper has another agenda in reporting this kind of thing? Perhaps if a journalist dies, then the clergy will be blamed (even by you in this blog) and not the real culprits--the king's government.

I can't believe you, Rooney. Don't take the bait on this one. You should know how this sort of thing works. It's been done before to weaken various opposition groups--in this case, the church and the press.

Lay off the drink and be more vigilant!

Anonymous said...

By the way, I read in the economist today that Jewish "pastoral clergy" are at odds over a proposed conversion law. Huh. Jewish pastors.