April 2, 2012.
Mbabane - Swazi King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch, has ordered his impoverished subjects to give him cows for his birthday celebrations this month, the home affairs minister said Monday.
|Swaziland's King Mswati III|
“Chiefs from the Shiselweni, as hosts, are expected to provide cattle to be slaughtered on the day,” Gcokoma told AFP.
“They are fully aware of the fundamental role they're expected to play as they are the ones who will be hosting the king on his memorable day.”
Gcokoma said the country's precarious finances meant the government did not have enough in the budget to pay for the event, which was cancelled last year due to the crippling fiscal crisis that has left the kingdom struggling to pay wages.
But the government this year has nonetheless pledged to make a contribution toward the five million rands ($652,000, 490,000 euros) budgeted for the celebrations.
Mswati is rated by Forbes magazine as among the world's 15 richest monarchs, with a personal fortune of more than $100 million. He has 13 wives, each with their own palace.
But 60 percent of his subjects live on less than two dollars a day in one of the world's poorest countries, which is bordered on three sides by the continent's economic powerhouse South Africa.
Swaziland's banned opposition party Pudemo has demanded that the kingdom cancel the birthday party.
“We call for the celebrations to be cancelled and the resources channelled to the provision of scholarships for deprived students,” party spokesman Zakhele Mabuza said. - Sapa-AFP
Comment: Is this fool for real? In less than a week his dumb ass has made international news twice and for no damn good reasons.
Just a few days ago his government was pushing through legislation to criminalize anyone in Swaziland who would call his dumb ass out on social media like Twitter or Facebook.
Now he wants to have a birthday party but at the expense of his impoverished people.
How f*cking ruthless can a man get? The b*tch is worth $100 million according to Forbes and he has 13 wives who each live in a palace.
If you ask me this mutha is having a f*cking party everyday of his damn life. The last thing he needs is to celebrate some more.
And, judging by his picture above maybe he should lay off the partying for a spell. He would do better if someone bought his thieving ass a pair of running shoes and a damn treadmill.
The Swazi people deserve more than this greedy fool. They deserve democracy.