Regiments who attend Incwala and other cultural activities are normally escorted by security forces, no Swazi was ever teargased during these King’s gatherings. But Swazis who organized protests to demand their democratic rights are arrested, tortured, shot and killed by Mswati’s security forces.
It is very disturbing to note that after killing dozens of civilians merely for demanding democratic reforms, King Mswati still believes he can summon the people to his Sibaya to discuss issues of national importance. Perhaps, it is important to state that King Mswati is now an alleged political serial killer and therefore cannot be trusted with human life not to mention hosting a political dialogue that seeks to remove him from power.
King Mswati wants to call Sibaya after Incwala in the midst of political tension in this tiny Kingdom. Sibaya is a traditional structure where Swazis are summoned to discuss issues, however, none of the issues raised in that forum were ever addressed by the King. “The King is appealing for calm and will host Sibaya after Incwala”, said Ludzidzini Indvuna Themba Ginindza.
As part of King Mswati's ongoing Incwala celebration, soldiers and police were dispatched on Friday to work on his farms. Soldiers and police who operate on Mswati's fields at Engabezweni and Lobamba, to name a few, are paid by eSwatini taxpayers via the Ministry of Finance.
Tradition is not to be trampled on in the kingdom of Swaziland. Even in apocalyptic times, ancestral duties must be attended to. While sporting events, entertainment activities and everything in between was limited and even halted, the all-important ancient royal festivities bulldozed on. R61 million was allocated for traditional ceremonies in the kingdom last year; a lot of money for what may seem like the collection of various plants and the drinking of traditional beer (Reed Dance, Incwala and the Marula