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Swazis reject King Mswati's leadership

2012-05-14 20:51

Mbabane - A public poll in Swaziland showed that 43% of the population disapproved of Africa's last absolute monarch, King Mswati's III, earning a sharp rebuke from the government on Monday.

The poll by the US-based Gallup ranked Mswati among Africa's least popular leaders.

"Confidence in institutions is strongly associated with approval of the chief executive's performance," said Gallup in the survey.

But the government rejected the results of the poll which covered leaders of 34 sub-Saharan nations.

"It is like me coming to you and saying seven of your girlfriends say they no longer love you," said Percy Simelane, the government spokesperson.

"What assurance do you have that I am not telling you all this because I want your girlfriends for myself," he added.

The Swaziland Diaspora Platform, a human rights group based in South Africa, welcomed the findings, saying they proved that the monarchy was not as loved as it would like the world to believe.

"This vindicates our own observation, together with our local counterparts, that the monarchy is not such a darling to everyone as it would like everyone to believe, hence the need for democracy and respect for human rights," spokesperson Ntombenhle Khathwane said.

The impoverished kingdom of Swaziland is facing an economic meltdown, with pro-democracy and labour unions blaming the crisis on Mswati's failure to manage the economy.

The king, who has 13 wives, is accused of using state funds to support his lavish lifestyle.

Other leaders who scored low approval rates were President Jose Eduardo dos Santos of Angola, the late Bingy wa Mutharikla of Malawi, and Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili of Lesotho.

Comments
  • Faizie - 2012-05-14 21:36

    all despots

      Gieljam - 2012-05-15 09:02

      All monarchs and dictators to my mind are well past their sell by date , tribal chiefs and the like are close behind and should also be phased out whereby millions can be saved to hopefully help the poor before it is pilfered ...

  • Laura - 2012-05-14 22:16

    Percy Simelane, we, the average South Africans are sure you are talking only on the president's behalf. It would only be him that would have SEVEN girlfriends all at once. An it can only be our ruling party that would draw such a redicilous analogy. I cringe every time a government spokesperson comments on ANYTHING.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-05-14 23:34

    Maybe Jacob would like his seven girlfriends for himself ... See what they mean?

  • Koos - 2012-05-15 05:45

    Just have an official referendum.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-15 06:49

      Dictators don't like referendums !!

  • Sam - 2012-05-15 08:20

    I'm still trying to make sense of the analogy about the girlfriends.

  • Pasi - 2012-05-15 08:26

    What about Mugabe? How did he fare? I wonder.

      UncleShep - 2012-05-15 11:47

      iwe iweka?

  • Arfa - 2012-06-05 01:05

    Forgive me for diverting off the topic; however, I am sure my fellow Swazis will share my concerns. I have searched the internet for the lyrics to the Swaziland National Anthem and all I find is an incomplete version. I certainly hope that this half-truth has not been introduced into our schools today! I am a proud Swazi; born, bread, educated and raised in what used to be then, the most beautiful, blameless, African Kingdom in the entire continent. I sill have the heir of a princess (although born as a lowly commoner). .../- 1 of 5

  • Arfa - 2012-06-05 01:09

    I write this because I DO NOT WANT my identity, my children’s identity, my peoples identity striped away – to be forgotten as something that did not matter. I prefer death before this happens. My national anthem honours The Almighty God and not a man and neither any human government. My power, my strength, my identity comes from The Almighty God Father and no where else. This world has absolutely nothing to offer me – meaning there is no amount of power/money I would ever want, but instead, all I want is a good standing before my God. If you can give me this – then I will give you my spirit and my soul. .../2 of 5

  • Arfa - 2012-06-05 01:11

    Those of you who are the current “Governing Bodies” of my nation. I believe I speak for all my people when I say; Almighty God will bless you accordingly with the way you have governed us. Hence our National Anthem – We always praise God for our blessings. .../- 3 of 5

  • Arfa - 2012-06-05 01:17

    This, as I remember it when my King Sobhuza II (I miss my King) was alive, is in fact how the Swaziland National Anthem goes: Nkulunkulu Mnikati wetibusiso temaSwati. Siyatibonga tonke tinhlanhla, Sibonga Ingwenya mayethu, live, netintsaba, nemivula. (this is where the anthem begins in our days – at least on internet versions) Busisa tiphatsimandla takaNgwane. Nguwe wedva somandla wetu. Sinike kuhlakanipha lobungena bucili. Simise, usicinise. Sima kadze. (spelling & grammatical are subject to checking) English translations (my translation as I understand siSwati): Almighty God, owner of the Swati Nation’s blessings. We are grateful for all the blessings. We are grateful for the moon, the land, the clouds and the rain. (this is where the anthem begins in our days – at least on internet versions) Bless the governing bodies of our nation. You are the only one that holds our power. Give us wisdom that we shall not use detrimentally. Let us stand tall, make us strong - We stand to time indefinite. .../- 4 of 5

  • Arfa - 2012-06-05 02:36

    This anthem, I believe does not tie up with the Globalist Government. How dare a nation look to God for their power and/or their blessings - how dare they, indeed! We are after all the ones with the “power”, we are the ones that shower them with blessings, we are the ones that feed once a week (whatever do they want next!) We have always had the power to confuse them, cause chaos around the world and come up with an irresistible solution through our clandestine techniques (what do these imbeciles want!). Surely they should appreciate our divine manifesto to eliminate 85% of the earth’s population (incl. animals, trees, insects, nature). 6.5 bln people! The way I see it (with my layman’s logic) – this sort of transition would require divine intervention. I suppose then, this is time for that aptitude question: If you had a choice, what would you be, oil or water?

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