King Mswati III of Eswatini buys 19 Rolls-Royce cars for wives

Live King size of life! We’ve all heard this statement many times, but in the present day, we don’t see a lot of kings around to get inspired. Oh, meet Mswati III, King of Eswatini, formerly Swaziland and head of the Swazi Royal Family. The King of poverty-stricken small African nation sprinkled huge money to buy as many as 19 Rolls Royce sedans. The King reported having spent $24.4 million, which roughly translates into Rs 1.9 crore! A few days later, 120 BMWs were delivered! The King has fifteen wives, and the sedans of Rolls Royce are a gift to every woman. We ‘re not sure what the other BMWs and Rolls Royce will do.

This King’s life is enormous. He has 15 children and has hundreds of cars, not to mention that he has one of the largest garages in Eswatini and one of the largest in the world. The garage is now filled with 20 Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman, a Maybach 62 and a BMW X6. There are a lot of other cars, too. That’s not it, the King also owns a couple of private jets at his disposal. The exact Rolls Royce cars ordered by the King are not known, but four trucks were spotted with a mixture of Ghost, Phantom and one Cullinan.

Splashing money and living a life that most of us can only dream about is great, but not when the country is in poverty. Eswatini is a small landlocked country between South Africa and Mozambique. The most recent spending sprout from the richest man in the world received a lot of attention on the international circuit. The King was blamed for ignoring the people of the country and wasting an disproportionate amount of money on luxury goods.

The opposition party of Eswatini – the People’s United Democratic Movement has issued a statement about the King;

Last week (early November), a total of 19 Rolls-Royce cars were delivered to Swaziland for the exclusive use of the king, his mother and his wives. To say this is a blatant display of arrogance and total disregard of the poor people of Swaziland’s feelings by the monarch would be an understatement. As a party we are least concerned about how many wives and children he has. The big issue is that the national purse has to take care of someone’s children when ordinarily in modern politics there is supposed to be a separation between his private resources and the public purse. The Swazi political system is meant to serve the monarchy and its cronies, not the people.

The Prime Minister of Eswatini, Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini, explained the purchasing of the goods and said that the purchasing of the new case supported the official policy of the Kingdom. The law states that Kings’ vehicles older than five years had to be replaced by new ones. It should be noted that 63% of the country’s population lives below the poverty line and that there is a huge income gap between the poor and the richest.


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