The latest call comes today (22 January 2011) from Alec Lushaba, editor of the Weekend Observer. And he seems to be writing with the full support of the King.
Lushaba writes in his own newspaper, ‘My view is that the prime minister and his collective failed His Majesty the King in 2010. Their actions have put the name of king and country into disrepute and for that and that alone, they have to go.’
He goes on to say that the King’s ‘image’ internationally has been damaged.
You will notice that Lushaba says Dlamini has failed the King and not the people. The King’s ‘good name’ is really all the newspaper cares about.
Lushaba also accuses Dlamini of making the King look like a liar over support for the Royal Jozini Big Six, the tourist development that was closed down by the King in November 2010.
Lushaba previously told us that his newspaper would never publish anything about King Mswati, sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch, without the King’s permission.
So we must assume that the King himself supports the Observer’s call for Dlamini’s resignation.
Lushaba writes, ‘... it is unSwazi and foreign in our culture to use His Majesty the King and iNgwenyama as your shield when under attack. If anything, it is expected that iNgwenyama uses or sacrifices his lieutenants when under-siege.’
He goes on, ‘Now that iNgwenyama is officially out of seclusion, what do we expect him to do?’
I cannot believe Lushaba would dare write such words unless he had the permission of the King.
Dlamini should start collecting cardboard boxes now in readiness for the office clearout he will surely have to make shortly.
The only question that remains is does he resign or is he sacked?
‘SWAZI OBSERVER’ PLOTS FOR THE KING
IS IT TIME TO PULL THE TRIGGER?