King Mswati III orders men to marry more than one wife
King Mswati III orders men to marry more than one wife

Marry more than two wives

Mswati III (born as Prince Makhosetive on 19 April 1968)[2] is the King (Swazi: Ngwenyama, Ingwenyama yemaSwati) of Eswatini and head of the Swazi Royal Family.

He was born in Manzini, Eswatini, to King Sobhuza II and one of his younger wives, Ntfombi Tfwala.

Together with his mother, Ntfombi Tfwala, now Queen Mother (Ndlovukati), he rules the country as an absolute monarch.

Mswati III is known for his practice of polygamy (although at least two wives are appointed by the state) and currently has 15 wives.

His policies and lavish lifestyle have led to local protests and international criticism.

Mswati III is one of many sons fathered by the previous king.

King Mswati III has declared in Mbabane Swaziland that men will from June 2019 be required to marry at least two or more wives or be jailed if they fail to do so.

The king, who has 15 wives and 25 children, while his father and predecessor has more than 70 wives.

and 150+ children, noted that there are more women than men in Swaziland.

which he says is a very serious problem for a country, which is known to be full of virgins.

According to IHarare, men from Swaziland are therefore required and expected to take more wives so that every woman gets a husband.

In a statement, king Mswati called for all men in the country to marry at least five wives

and the government assured the men that it would pay for the marriage ceremonies and buy houses for them.

King Mswati warned that any man or woman who opposes the decision “will face a life sentence”.

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