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ROYAL FLEET CRITICISM MISINFORMED – PM

By Mbono Mdluli | 2019-11-14

The criticism on the purchase of the Royal fleet is misinformed.

This was said by Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini yesterday during a press conference held at Cabinet offices at Hospital Hill in Mbabane.

Dlamini said the delivered royal fleet was privately bought and no money from government was used.

The prime minister said they had noted that some opportunists had taken advantage of the country’s current situation. They have used it to ridicule the King through misinformation that served their own agendas.

“Government notes the proliferation of misguided utterances on social media and international media forums and would like to advise Emaswati to refuse to be drawn by elements that intend to destabilise the peace synonymous with our kingdom,” Dlamini said.

He went on to say that the country respected and recognised the rights of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.

These rights, Dlamini said, should not extend to hate speech, inciting violence or supporting organisations that had been proscribed for carrying terrorist activities in the country.

“Any persons considering taking part in protest action should ensure that they do not violate the Suppression of Terrorism Act of 2008 as amended, or the Public Order Act of 2017 or any other law. Violators of the law will be prosecuted,” he said.

He stated that it was the responsibility of all Emaswati to respect and protect the integrity of the King and Ingwenyama as Head of State.

Government, he said, would not tolerate statements that were demeaning to the person of His Majesty and the institution of the Monarchy.

He appealed to all Emaswati to always project the respect for which they were proudly known for, as they had no other country, but Eswatini.

He said currently, the nation was in the season of Incwala, where it was expected that all Emaswati would respect and take part in this tradition.

He said the King was committed to protecting the peace and stability Eswatini had always been known for globally.

“We shall always be open to advice and criticism when our decisions are challenged,” he said.

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