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Mswati’s cow request ‘insensitive’

Civil society groups in Swaziland are outraged that King Mswati III has ordered his subjects to contribute...

Local

Civil society groups in Swaziland are outraged that King Mswati III has ordered his subjects to contribute to his birthday celebrations by providing cows.

Africa’s last absolute monarch will turn 44 later in April.

The event will be celebrated with festivities at the Shiselweni region.

The Swaziland Solidarity Network's Lucky Lukhele said most of those living in Shiselweni barely survive on food aid.

He said Mswati’s request was insensitive.

Lukhele said Mswati already funds his extravagant lifestyle from state coffers and should pay for his own party.

The king has been ranked amongst the 15 richest monarchs in the world, with a personal fortune of more than US$100 million.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)

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