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Swazi king to wed 14th wife !!! Is it really good to be king !!!!

Swaziland's King Mswati III has chosen an 18-year-old beauty pageant contestant as his 14th wife, a palace spokesman said Tuesday, days before a much-criticised parliamentary vote.

"I can confirm that the king has introduced to the nation a new liphovela (royal fiancee)," said Ludzidzini palace governor Timothy Mtetwa.

Mswati, a 45-year-old who is sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarch, introduced Sindiswa Dlamini at a Reed Dance celebration over the weekend, Mtetwa told AFP.

She wore red feathers on her head -- a sign of royalty.

The young woman graduated from Mbabane's St. Francis High School last year and is a finalist in the Miss Cultural Heritage beauty pageant. The winner will be announced on September 28.

The king has come under fire for his household's lavish lifestyle while the tiny mountain kingdom's 1.2 million people struggle to make a living.

Mswati reportedly has a personal fortune of around $200 million (152 euros) and the UN estimates that 70 percent of his 1.2 million subjects live below the poverty line.

He has steadfastly resisted reforms.
Unmarried Swazi women dance for King Mswati III at …
File picture shows unmarried women from Swaziland dance for Africa's last absolute monarch, King

The new engagement was announced at a festival which also counted regional delegates who will observe parliamentary elections on Friday.

Critics have slammed the polls as a sham, partly because political parties are banned and candidates are hand-picked by traditional leaders.

The weekend's celebrations were a smaller repeat of last month's official annual Reed Dance, where young virgins from across the kingdom gather and dance for the king.

"It just happened that the international community was there to witness the event," said Mtetwa.

The wedding only takes place once the fiancee falls pregnant. Dlamini will then become Mswati's 14th wife.

The monarch's colourful private life is off-limits in local media, but has drawn a lot of international interest.

Three wives left the household in recent years. The latest, Queen LaGija, fled the palace in 2012 claiming years of physical and emotional abuse.

Another queen, LaDube, was reportedly abused after she was caught in bed with the justice minister, a close friend of the king.

Mswati had kidnapped and married the queen when she was 16 in 2005.

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Comment by Mia Cruz on September 22, 2013 at 2:59pm

Instead of spending so much time "walking down the aisle", he should spend more time running around a track.

Comment by Big Woman on September 21, 2013 at 1:33am
Another misguided demigod consumed by lust and greed while his people starve.
Comment by AfricanGoddess on September 19, 2013 at 5:56pm

 

Comment by metho nelson yesterday           

"Instead of coming up with feasible ways of making life better for his people, he is thinking about hos dick. No wonder the west has no interest in putting him out of power. He is a poison to his own people."
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POW!
Well said,they love the weak ones with no interest of improving their people lives!
Comment by Joe Bodego on September 18, 2013 at 7:46pm

Disgusting people, disgusting culture.

Comment by GGGIAN1 on September 18, 2013 at 2:36pm

LMAOOOO @ SUFFERAH.

Comment by Sufferahsmusic Media Prod on September 18, 2013 at 1:15pm
How yuh mean king married dem a ram out dem hole the last real man ... Fuxk some guy a chat bout ... Gyal fi get hood Ina dem belly
Comment by Cee Gee on September 18, 2013 at 12:54pm

14 wives?  That's a lot of lovin to have to dish out.....

Comment by BIIGMANN on September 18, 2013 at 8:43am

ANOTHER CASE OF IGNORANCE AT IT'S BEST

Comment by Ruff de Gehto Travler on September 18, 2013 at 8:37am

@TIG 5 Lol good luck !!! and give thanks fe the other reports!!!Always good fe have another out look on matters!! Bless !!!!

Me personally this man better have madddddd asprin him ago need it!! Cha !!

Comment by mr fix on September 17, 2013 at 10:10pm

@Tall Island Girl ha ha ha you want 5 husband a what type of pum pum you have  that can handle 5 husband gwan me girl lol. 

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