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Eswatini government denies Africa’s last absolute monarch fled

Eswatini, which was previously known as Swaziland until 2018, has been led by King Mswati III since 1986.
King Mswati III. Image: Pius Utomi

Eswatini’s government denied King Mswati III, Africa’s last absolute monarch, fled his country as pro-democracy protests turned violent.

“King Mswati III is in the country and continues to lead in working with government to advance the kingdom’s goal,” acting Prime Minister Themba Masuku said in a statement released on Twitter.

Demonstrators set fire to several shops in Matsapha town in central Eswatini, according to South African Broadcasting Corp. Police fired tear gas and water cannons at the protesters who are demanding democracy in the country that has banned political parties since the early 1970s.

Eswatini, which was previously known as Swaziland until 2018, has been led by King Mswati III since 1986. The king in the nation of about 1.3 million people controls parliament and appoints ministers in the landlocked country surrounded by South Africa and Mozambique. Eswatini exports sugar, soft-drink concentrates and cotton.

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I wonder which of his 19 Rolls Royces he chose to flee in? Did he take his 15 wives? I think we should be told…

I will say what the citizens of Swaziland cannot say – “Arrogant dictator”.

How dare the commoners challenge the Kings God-given right to rule…. This will not do.

But of course he fled… He is not stupid enough to hang around while the natives are restless.

The escape from eSwatini must be a logistical nightmare for His Highness. Which of his (at last count) 11 wives, 36 children and 8 grandchildren does he take along ….? Space must be at a premium in the Maybach I would think. Do you take the crown and the throne ? Will the throne fit on the roof with tiedowns?

Will SARS impound the Maybach when they gross the border?

I for one sincerely hope the Swazi people can rid themselves of this autocrat and get rid of monarchy once and for all.

All these years of being called Swaziland things in this kingdom were good.
Now when they change the name the neanderthal behaviour surfaces.
Better watch out when we become Azania LOL

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