A new bridge costing E11 million (US$820,000) might not be built because members of the Swaziland Royal Family say it is too close to their home.
The Lusushwana River Bridge is planned to be built near the residence of Senior Prince Mahlaba and his family.
The Times of Swaziland, the only independent daily newspaper in the kingdom where King Mswati III rules as sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch, reported, ‘It has been gathered that the construction has had to be halted following that the family of Prince Mahlaba does not want it built next to their home but at another area, not far from the one that was approved.
‘The home is situated a few metres from the Lusushwana River and the family has argued that constructing a main road and a bridge next to their home would cause noise.’
Construction work has been halted because of the dispute, the newspaper said. A tractor driver was allegedly threatened by one of the Prince’s family.
The Times reported, ‘One of Prince Mahlaba’s sons, Sibhimbi Dlamini, told this newspaper in no uncertain terms that there was no way the bridge would be built next to his home.’
It added, ‘Sibhimbi mentioned that they were not against the construction per ser but that they were opposed to the approved area as it was too close to their homes.’