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Swazi king gets jet for birthday

By Sapa-AFP | Apr 26, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 89 ]

MBABANE - Swazi King Mswati III has received a jet for his 44th birthday despite the tiny country's crippling financial crisis, the prime minister said on state radio

Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini said the king now owned a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 twin-engine jet, but the plane was a gift to be used by Mswati and his 13 wives.

"His majesty's government has the honour to announce to the nation that the king has received a gift of a DC-9 aircraft from development partners and friends of the king, to be used by their majesties for travels abroad," Dlamini said.

Mswati celebrated his birthday on April 19 with a $386,000 (about R3-million) partly paid for by the state.

He is rated by Forbes magazine as the world's 15th richest monarch with a personal fortune of $100-million (R776-million), but he reins over one of the world's poorest nations.

The Swaziland Diaspora Platform, a human rights group based in South Africa, has rejected the government's explanation for the jet.

"No development partner would want to be anonymous. By their nature, development agencies are transparent.

"We demand the release of full details of the donor and the value of the jet," spokeswoman Ntombenhle Khathwane said.

The banned Pudemo opposition also accused Mswati of using taxpayers' money.

"He was secretly using it and only now do they feel bold enough to admit it. We have long said that this monarchy is a huge drain to the economy," spokesman Zakhele Mabuza said.

Mswati in 2002 secretly used R28-million for a deposit on a 19-seater Bombardier Global Express long-range jet but the move was halted after a huge uproar from parliament, opposition parties and civil society.

Swaziland is currently facing an economic crisis that has sparked protests in the tiny kingdom.

Opposition groups, labour and students have protested to demand more democracy in Africa's last absolute monarchy.

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@tumzangwana
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@tumzangwana
Heelang nnana ha ke sa o tsebe kgaitsedi yaka feela o ntse o phetse?
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chee, ke ntse ke phetse ntate, mathata ga a yo. lona bophelo bo ntse bo ya jang fela ka moo?
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Ke phetse kgaitsedi yaka.

Apr 26, 2012 9:29 | 0 replies

hey shut up,,,,,,,,dont you know that we live once,,use what u have to the best,,,isemhlabeni la

Apr 26, 2012 10:17 | 0 replies

Hayi usile lomfo.

Apr 26, 2012 10:26 | 0 replies

Ladies and gentlemen don't mislead each other, Swaziland didn;t take that 2.4 billion bailout from South Africa because of many conditions which were not favoured by the king and his cabinet.Go to http://allafrica.com/stories/201201260298.html.

Apr 26, 2012 10:30 | 0 replies

@Nhlanhlaz

s.cold
hey shut up,,,,,,,,dont you know that we live once,,use what u have to the best,,,isemhlabeni la

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Nhlanhla? u see the mentality im talking about?

Apr 26, 2012 10:30 | 0 replies

And still our dear president gives this man Billions or Rands and call it a loan
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Apr 26, 2012 10:35 | 0 replies

@Naked
@Nhlanhlaz

s.cold
hey shut up,,,,,,,,dont you know that we live once,,use what u have to the best,,,isemhlabeni la

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Nhlanhla? u see the mentality im talking about?
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Yah i see it and he forgets that when he dies he will leave the rest of his family here on earth to fend for themselves

Apr 26, 2012 10:42 | 0 replies

Skhumbasengwenya

That is why the money was channelled through the SACU network. Look it up if you don't believe me
Why else do you think that Swaziland hasn't been repossessed yet?

Apr 26, 2012 10:44 | 0 replies

The D i c k Tator. No normal person thinks as you do. Seek help.

Apr 26, 2012 10:51 | 0 replies

Yati loMakhosetive uyedzelela yena uphila kahle ibe bantfu labaholako badla bulongo betinkhomo. Ayi cha he is the Devil's agent

Apr 26, 2012 10:54 | 0 replies

@Naked

.eish sadly brother if a black person is in power ,he will literally show you gore bosso ke mang! Its like these people have no hearts,conscious whatsoever. The rich get get stinking richer while the poor get poorer....Slikour was spot on: ...give them a little money they think they rule!

I dont care who says what but at times I feel being black is a curse.
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That's so true hey, take a black rich person and a white rich person, the black person will go out of his way to show all of the sundries how wealthy he is by driving expensive cars and the white guy will go out of his way to get great investments for his money so that even his gran-gran children will benefit his money

Apr 26, 2012 10:15 | 0 replies