The Swazi Government has refuted claimed that the country’s traditional ruler, Mswati III, endorsed polygamy marriage, an allegation claiming that the monarch permit men, in the country, to marry as many as five wives or risk jail.
It said that there was no such order and that the reports from one of the country’s media houses and that of foreign prints were unauthentic and malicious.
Through a statement issued by the Swazi government, it cleared that the several poisonous reports published in some foreign newspapers, social media platforms and other forums purported to be official statements by the King were not true in nature and people should disregard such claim.
However, the country government’s Spokesperson, Percy Simelane, had earlier stated that the stated attributed to the King were not only an insult to the monarchy and culture of Eswatini but a disgrace to journalism.
He clarified that the country’s monarch did not made any pronouncement to that effect as it has never been an issue raised by Emaswati.
“We will continue to appeal for morality, responsible behaviour and professionalism among journalists and the general public with access to social media.
“It would be unfortunate if journalism and social media are turned into character assassination platforms and springboards to ridicule individuals and leaders.
The latest dispatch is attributed to the Zambian Observer newspaper and we continue to demand that the newspaper produces the supposed statement allegedly issued by the King and retract this insult.”
In the fake news circulating, King Mswati III purportedly made a declaration that from June 2019, men will be required to marry at least five wives or go to jail.
The story claimed government would pay for the marriage ceremonies and buy houses for them.
“Here’s the deal, marry at least five wives and you’re assured that the government will pay for the marriage ceremonies and buy houses for them.”