'Princesses are valuable commodities,' says King Mswati III as he raises bride price

'Princesses are valuable commodities,' says King Mswati III as he raises bride price
Published: 2013 June 24 08:08:48 (19220 Views)
King Mswati III has raised the bride price (lobola) for his daughters from 60 to 100 cows!

Some of his daughters are at marriageable age, now the polygamous monarch stands to increase his cattle herd.

"Princesses are valuable commodities," said King Mswati, according to Swazi media reports.

"What's important about his daughters? Even 60 cows was just too much! I believe 20 cows are fine because he's rich already and people of Swaziland are hungry. He's killing people's pockets!" said Rosey Mncube (46).

"Who's going to afford 100 cows? He's mad!Ten cows are enough," said Meliwe Khulu (30).

Siphamandla Khulu (24) told Sunday Sun Mswati is playing with people."What's so special about his daughters? Does he monitor everything they do?" asked Siphamandla.

"It's crazy! That's too much. King Mswati must just settle for 20 cows because he's rich already!" said Thabile Mbambo (24).



Thabile added that she would understand it if the money was to help the poor people of Swaziland.

Jimmy Nyaruwa told the SunTeam he feels the king is greedy.

"He is rich already. What is he going to do with such a lot of money? He must just reduce it as 60 cows is also ridiculous," said Jimmy.

But Witness Khanyile told the paper: "I support him 100% because a chief should set the law in his house accordingly and that will also show the value of his chieftancy broadly."

Witness also told Sunday Sun that the king's price of 100 cows is reasonable."We look too much into politics and I believe that kings should be respected," Witness added.

Lucky Lukhele of the Swaziland Solidarity Network said: "The issue pertaining to Mswati's decision to increase the bride price for his daughters reflects his backwardness and his superiority complex in relation to the Swazi nation."

Lukhele added: "We condemn this act. It is contrary to nation building and it promotes values that ultimately will destroy the monarchy as it will be further isolated from the nation it claims to lead."

Lukhele said the king's materialistic portrayal of culture was the reason why young people were largely shunning marriage these days, leading them to engage in casual relationships.



Source - Dailysun

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Anonymous user 2018 July 06 15:51:05
100 cows....self centred
Anonymous user 2015 June 19 09:55:28
his right anyway shes a princess but anyway i wish to be mswatis wife
Anonymous user 2013 June 24 14:29:45
Very very greedy Mswati even 60 cows are too much not talk 100 cows .Mswati him self did he ever paid that much for one his wives

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