The only absolute Monarch and Africa’s prolific President Playboy, King Mswati III of Swaziland, has become estranged from his 8th wife, making it the third one to leave the polygamous union. Accusing him of gross abuse, Angela ‘Lagija’ Dlamini abandoned the royal harem and went her way. As a matter of tradition, Mswati takes a new virgin bride on every occasion of the annual Reed Dance Festival. His father is known to have married about 70 women from this annual tradition, and though his wives are way smaller than his father’s, one wonders what a man who says he is out to tackle HIV/AIDS is doing with that number of women, worse still in a country with high HIV/AIDS prevalence rate. In any case it appears managing his queens was not so easy after all.
Angela Dlamini and King Mswati are reported to have been going through over-stretched disagreements. The Swaziland Solidarity Network finally broke the news that Angela, who had a 9-year-old child with the king has finally left the Swazi royal harem “for good”. Reports say that she ran home to her relatives in the guise of a casual visitation. This will be the third case of estrangement in the polygenious household which is obviously not doing so well beyond public fronts.
Delisa Magwasa was the first to leave the marriage, leaving behind her palace and her children in 2004; currently remarried to a South African money bag. The 2nd was Putsoana Hwala who abandoned the marriage, and fled to South Africa, leaving behind her 3 children. Angela is the 3rd to leave in this manner, giving the same reason. In her words,
“Things have been bad and now they are worse. I really, really want out and I can’t, he [the King] is just not letting me go. It’s like I am in prison; I am under 24-hour surveillance,”
The runaway queen also accused the king of restricting her contact with family and friends; and battery. On grounds of alleged infidelity with the former justice minister of Swaziland, Ndumiso Mamba, the King gave Nothando Dube, his 12th wife, the boot. Nothando was a former Miss Teen Swaziland, believed to have been abducted and married at age 16 by the king with whom she has 3 children.
Generally speaking Mswati has been criticized for a host of negative things but mostly for his lavish lifestyle- 13 luxurious palaces and fleets of exotic cars; royal harem for his queens- and poor governance in Swaziland. His autocratic leadership style which seems to have crept into his family is doing more harm than good in the country. First off, Swaziland has the lowest life expectancy of 46 years and the poorest economy in the world, whereas king Mswati is one of the richest African leaders with an estimated net worth of over $100 million. In all, he is not a democracy friendly person, perhaps why his wives are upholding the trend of abandoning the royal union.