MBABANE: King Mswati has purchased about twenty(20) Mercedes Benz cars worth close to R50million for his wives, each car costs around R2.5million.
This disclosure comes amid a health crisis, patients in various hospitals across the country are dying in numbers, due to the non-availability of drugs.
The cars allegedly arrived on or around the 23rd May 2023 and upon arrival, security was provided to ensure that no one takes pictures, since then, this Swaziland News has been trying to obtain the evidence.
The cars also include four(4) Mercedes Vianos, they were allegedly purchased with public funds.
One of the cars registered M109 was followed on Monday morning, it took the road towards the Palace to fill-up fuel at Nkhanini Royal Offices.
Reached for comments, King’s Spokesperson Percy Simelane said he was not aware of the purchase adding that,he wouldn’t know unless, the purchase in question involved public funds.
"We don't have any information to that effect. It looks private enough for, is to be on the leeward side of Information. Unless Government and public funds were involved in the alleged purchase we would not know,” said the King’s Spokesperson.
Speaking to this Swaziland News on Monday, Sikelela Dlamini, the Secretary General(SG) of the MultiStakeholder Forum (MSF) said it was surprising to note that the King continues with his extravagant lifestyle,while sectors like the health and education struggle due to non-availability of resources.
“It’s shocking that the King continues with his lavish lifestyle despite the challenges faced by the country that include a health and education crisis.This means, it would be hard for this country to develop under the King’s leadership,” said the MSF Secretary General.
One of the Mercedes purchased by Mswati with public funds.