Swaziland cabinet minister Lutfo Dlamini is talking nonsense when he claims that he has won over the media in England and they now no longer have ‘negative perceptions’ about the kingdom.
The Times of Swaziland today (6 May 2011) quotes Dlamini saying that when he was in England last week with King Mswati III for the British Royal Wedding, he won the ‘battle’ with journalists there to dispel their negative perceptions of Swaziland ‘hand down’.
What he says is just not true. There has not been a single report in the British newspapers, radio or television that supports King Mswati, sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch, or the undemocratic regime he controls. Not one. This was the case before the wedding, during the wedding and since the wedding.
And if you don’t believe me, go to http://news.google.co.uk/ key in the word SWAZILAND and look for yourself.
Most of the reports reveal that King Mswati is a selfish despot who spends lavishly on himself and his family while seven in ten of his subjects live in abject poverty. These are not ‘negative perceptions’ as Dlamini likes to call them; these are facts.
The UK media are not alone in telling their audiences the truth about Swaziland. The same message is repeated right the way across the globe. Just about the only media you’ll find that supports the king are the media in Swaziland.
So, not for the first time, Lutfo Dlamini has been caught out lying to the Swazi people. He is a compulsive liar and we should not believe a word he says.
Unless, of course, he actually believes what he says: in which case he is delusional.