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Swazi king must give up power, says Bishop Mabuza

Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:49 AM
Related Categories: Southern Africa, Swaziland

From BBC News Online

Swaziland's top Anglican cleric, Bishop Meshack Mabuza, has called on King Mswati III to give up political power in favour of a democratic government.

The Rt Revd Meshack Mabuza, the Bishop of Swaziland, with the Revd Ooma Marumbela one of the first ordained woman of the diocese
The Rt Revd Meshack Mabuza, the Bishop of Swaziland, with the Revd Ooma Marumbela one of the first ordained woman of the diocese
Photo Credit: ACNS

Bishop Mabuza told the BBC that Swaziland's "archaic" system of government had plunged the country into a deep financial and economic crisis.

A government memo says salary payments to civil servants this month will be delayed because of a shortage of money.

King Mswati, who has 13 wives, is sub-Saharan Africa's only absolute monarch.

He is widely accused of profligate spending, but cancelled his silver jubilee celebrations this year because of Swaziland's cash crisis.

Swaziland has so far refused to accept a $355m (£218m) loan from South Africa to help it pay bills, after Pretoria demanded political and economic reforms.

'Not crumbled'

Bishop Mabuza, the Anglican Archbishop of Swaziland, told the BBC that Swaziland's problems would not end while the monarchy wielded political power.

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