King Mswati III, the absolute ruler of eSwatini — formerly Swaziland — recently purchased at least brand new Rolls-Royces and dozens of BMWs for his dozen wives.
The cars were paid for by his country’s 1.3 million mostly impoverished people.
The World Food Programme estimates that 63 per cent of the country’s population lives below the poverty line.
The 19 Rolls-Royces and as many as 120 BMWs, according to reports, were shipped into South Africa through the Durban port. Did each wife get 09 cars?
Swaziland Communists communications officer Pius Vilakati said they had received information claimed some of the cars would be used as the king’s family ‘s convoy. “Some of these are for escorts. Each of the wives have their own escorts. So they will be distributed accordingly.”
Witnesses spotted BMW X3 and 5-Series models, which can cost more than £30,000 each, under wraps on the back of a truck as they were shipped from South Africa.
eSwatini is one of the poorest countries in the world. The average salary in Swaziland is estimated to be only £10,000 a year – meaning a typical worker would have to toil for 70 years to afford a Rolls-Royce
Opposition politician Wandile Dludlu accused the King of continuing to ‘spoil himself and his family,’
‘To say this is a blatant display of arrogance and total disregard of the poor people of Swaziland’s feelings by the monarch would be an understatement,’ he said.
‘He is basically showing them a middle finger and proving to all and sundry that he is a law unto himself.
The King was accused of ‘spoiling’ his own family while the rest of the population ‘continue starving’, according to one Twitter user who said the monarch ‘doesn’t care much’. The UK provided around £300,000 of foreign aid to the country last year, according to government figures.