Media statement from the Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN) regarding the kingdom’s illegally-appointed Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini and jokes he made about the new Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister, David Matse. The former minister Ndumiso Mamba was forced to resign after he was discovered having an affair with Inkosikati LaDube, the 12th wife of King Mswati III, sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch.
14th September, 2010
Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini, Swaziland’s Premier comic doesn’t seem to be slowing down on his scornful jibes aimed mostly at the regime’s perceived enemies. Fresh from suggesting that police mete out foot-whipping to South African political activists, the Premier on Monday afternoon sent a parting shot to the former minister of Justice and Constitution affairs by labelling him a philander, likhwahla.
The Prime Minister said this at the swearing-in ceremony of the new minister of Justice, Mr David Matse, at the cabinet offices in Mbabane. His fellow cabinet members gullibly laughed at the joke oblivious to the fact that their head of state was also being lampooned in the process. His exact words were “Kube ulikhwahla uhlala wedvwa you probably would not be here”, which means, “You would not be here if you were a philandering bachelor.” The statement means that the king’s appointment was based on his personal belief that the new minister would not give him competition in his harem, which in itself suggests insecurity in the monarch who has the dubious title of being the undisputed champion womanizer in the country.
The most ironic twist to this tale is the fact that the Prime minister himself was once the subject of a law suit when a man, Lawrence Mduli, accused him of having an adulterous relationship with his wife, the current Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Swaziland, Mrs Sibongile Mdluli .
The Cabinet jester’s contact details were tracked and people are encouraged to remind him to keep his lame jibes to his interactions with his grand children. He can be reached on this phone number: +268 7602 1942
Issued Swaziland Solidarity Network [SSN] South Africa Chapter