Category Archives: Swazi Royals

Swazi King Set To Wed Fifteenth Wife

  September 19, 2013 at 4:04 am by

The King of Swaziland, Mswati III, has revealed his intentions to marry for the fifteenth time. “I can confirm that the King has introduced to the nation a new liphovela [royal fiancee],” Mr Timothy Mtetwa, the governor of Ludzidzini Palace, told media outlets earlier this week. The introduction is believed to have taken place over the weekend at a traditional Reed Dance celebration. The bride-to-be, who will become the King’s wife only once … Continue reading

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President Banda of Zambia Hopes that Swazi King Can Help Attract Investors

  July 19, 2009 at 9:47 pm by

King Mswati III of Swaziland toured the Kanasashi Copper Mine while on a three-day visit to Zambia. After the tour, the president of Zambia, Rupiah Banda stated that the Swazi king “would use his clout to convince big investors who have developed the tourism and sugar industries in Swaziland to come to Zambia”, according to the Lusaka Times. King Mswati said that he is in Zambia for the purpose of … Continue reading

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King Mswati III Pays a Visit to Zambia

  July 18, 2009 at 12:01 pm by

King Mswati III of Swaziland has arrived in Zambia for a three-day visit. He is being hosted by the President of Zambia, Rupiah Banda, and the First Lady of Zambia, Thandiwe. Among the events planned for this official visit, is a tour of the Kansashi Copper Mines, according to a report from the Zambia Daily Mail. In addition to the tour of the copper mines, the King and the President … Continue reading

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Journalists in Swaziland Harassed

  July 17, 2009 at 4:40 pm by

The International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) has stated that journalists working for the Swazi Observer are being harassed by government authorities due to reports they wrote about the criminal behavior of the son of a prominent bishop, who happens to be an advisor to King Mswati III. In December 2008, the editor of the Swazi Observer was beaten and stabbed by the bishop’s son. Reporters from the Observer reported … Continue reading

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Libyan President Honors King of Swaziland with Camels

  July 2, 2009 at 12:43 pm by

King Mswati III of Swaziland was given a present of six camels by Libyan president Muammar al Gaddafi as a token of friendship yesterday. The camels were flown to Swaziland via cargo plane, where they were greeted by the royal veterinarians and the King’s private secretary, according to an article in The Swazi Observer. The camels will stay in quarantine for 30 days, where they will be regularly monitored by … Continue reading

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Michael Jackson Promised King Mswati III a Disney-style Theme Park for Swaziland

  June 28, 2009 at 4:16 pm by

In 1998, pop star Michael Jackson visited the Kingdom of Swaziland on a business trip, where he filmed a video. During the visit, the now-deceased Jackson met with King Mswati III and the Swazi royal family. Among other things, one of the ideas discussed during the visit was a Disneyland-style theme park that Jackson would build in Swaziland, according to an article in the Times of Swaziland. The theme park … Continue reading

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Deterioration of Former Royal Residence Causes Visit By Swazi King To Be Cancelled

  June 21, 2009 at 4:58 pm by

Old Bulawayo, the last royal residence of King Lobengula, was named as Zimbabwe’s “first cultural theme park” in 2006, but has deteriorated so much in just three years that it prompted Zimbabwean officials to cancel King Mswati III’s planned visit to the site earlier this month. The site was rebuilt in a manner similar to King Zwelithini’s residence in South Africa in the hopes of attracting tourism to the Zimbabwe, … Continue reading

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King Mswati III of Swaziland Wraps Up Visit to Zimbabwe

  June 6, 2009 at 3:30 pm by

King Mswati III of Swaziland ended his three-day visit to Zimbabwe with visits to a dairy plant and a vehicle factory. He was in Zimbabwe in an effort to strengthen ties and friendship between the two African nations. During his visit, he met with Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, and called for an end to what he termed, “illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by some western countries”, according to Zimbabwean newspaper, … Continue reading

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King Mswati III of Swaziland Visits Zimbabwe

  June 4, 2009 at 6:33 pm by

King Mswati III of Swaziland is currently on a visit to Zimbabwe in an effort to strengthen relations between the two African nations. The king, along with his wife and Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, toured a farm that is the site of a new silo project, according to a report in Zimbabwean newspaper, The Herald. President Mugabe praised the king’s visit, saying that it was “rare and historic”, while also … Continue reading

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Pressure From Loyalists to Drop Newspaper Column?

  May 3, 2009 at 11:02 am by

A popular weekly column in the Times of Swaziland newspaper has recently been dropped. The column was written by Mfomfo Nkambule, and often included criticism of the government and the rule of King Mswati III, the last absolute monarch in Africa. The managing editor, Martin Dlamini, denies this and states that the reason for the column’s removal is that the paper is in the process of “structural adjustments of its … Continue reading

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New Cooperation Between Swaziland and Ethiopia

  April 26, 2009 at 11:51 am by

King Mswati III of Swaziland recently met with the Ethiopian ambassador, who hopes to strengthen the relationship between the two countries, according to Waltainfo.com. The king hopes that the two countries will sign an economic agreement that will solidify Swaziland and Ethiopia’s desire to work together to promote tourism and other interests. This might seem like an odd pairing, especially since the two countries are nowhere near each other geographically, … Continue reading

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