Swaziland taxpayers are being forced to spend E2.2 million (US$240,000) on a guardhouse to protect one of King Mswati III’s 13 palaces.
The guardhouse at Lozitha Palace.will house more than eight soldiers around the clock and it will connect to an underground bunker.
The cost of the building will come from the Ministry of National Defence and Security budget.
Principal Secretary in the ministry, Andrias Mathabela, said the guardhouse would accommodate male and female soldiers and would allow them to be on duty and on standby.
At present, the gate to Lozitha Palace has a guardhouse which is a basic room where two or three security personnel are stationed, but do not sleep there.
Mathabela refused to disclose the purpose of the underground bunker.
In Swaziland, seven in ten people live in abject poverty earning less than $US2 a day.
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