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19 custom Rolls Royce for King of eSwatini Wives

King of eSwatini spent millions on diamonds, private jets and 19 custom Rolls Royce's for his wives while 65% of eSwatini lives on $1.90 a day.

His Majesty King Ingwenyama Mswati III of Eswatini and his 19th wife

King of eSwatini in the photo above with his 19th wife during a ceremony at the world bank; its good to be king or wife of the king? Rsponsible and irresponsible political leadership in eSwatini statement of the issues explained below.

The eSwatini King, King Mswati III, has been head of the Swazi Royal Family since 1986 since he was 18 years old. In June 2021, it was reported the King fled the country with his wives to South Africa as a political Asylum. Landlocked eSwatini is almost completely surrounded by South Africa and depends on South Africa for a majority of its exports and imports and duties on imported goods. South Africa and eSwatini are joined at the hip as far as the economy is concerned.

King Mswati III rules one of the world's last absolute monarchies and has ruled the eSwatini kingdom for 35 years. The King spends millions on diamond watches with a matching diamond suits, two private jets and spent 24.4 million US dollars buying his 19 wives custom Rolls Royce’s in late 2019. It was said that the Royal family lives off the sweat of the ordinary people as well as foreign aid from the USA.

In 1973, political parties were banned and declared terrorists by the king. The People’s United Democratic Movement, Pudemo Party, has criticized the king for his lavish spending while his country lives in hellish poverty and people are starving in the streets and dying at the hands of suppressed political activities.

Many other smaller opposition groups to the King were sparked by a decree to quell democratic reform creating boiling anger and frustration during the many peaceful and violent demonstrations. Some protesters have been killed and many others wounded in complaints and criticisms that has been simmering for years against the Royal Family monarchy.

Through the security assistance program the USA brings around six members of eSwatini military forces per year to the United States for education and training purposes. The United States also supports training for eSwatini law enforcement through training and programs.

In eSwatini, around 65% of the population lives below the international poverty line of $1.90 a day. In addition, eSwatini is number one in the world when it comes to the highest rate of HIV with approximately 30% of adults aged 15-49 being HIV positive, around 200 thousand people.

Tuberculosis is also at crisis levels among liSwati, singular, emaSwati, plural. The overall life expectancy is 59 years leaving hundreds of thousands of orphans; around 33% of the population is under the age of 14, the median age is 23.7 years old.

King Mswati III has been head of the Swazi Royal Family since 1986 but a frail and weakening economy, high unemployment rate of 47% and an uneven distribution of resources all combine to exacerbate the already persistent poverty, and now political unrest in eSwatini.

Despite the name change from Swaziland to The Kingdom of Eswatini on May 25, 2018 this African county remains embattled economically, socially and politically. The King spent millions on diamonds, private jets and 19 custom Rolls Royce’s while not responding to the ordinary liSwati medical, economic and political needs according to Pudemo Party leaders.

The King of eSwatini offical title is His Majesty King Ingwenyama of eSwatini, Ingwenyama means little lion male ruler in the Swazi language.


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