Swaziland denies buying luxury cars worth $7.5m for King’s birthday

Johannesburg – Swaziland’s Ministry of Public Works and Transport Principal Secretary Makhosini Mndawe denied that the government bought cars worth $7.5 million ahead of King Mswati III’s 50th birthday, after Richard Rooney from Swazimedia.blogspot reported.

Mndawe’s denial of the report contradicts a report done by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

Swaziland will mark the King’s birthday, including the 50th anniversary of Independence from Great Britain on 19 April 2018, they calling it 50/50 Celebration.

Sunday Observer in Swaziland a newspaper owned by the king, Mndawe said dignitaries at the party would be chauffeured in top-of-the-range BMW 740i sedans that were purchased for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit held in 2016.

Rooney contradicted this in his report saying the independent Times Sunday reported the Ministry of Public Works and Transport announced that the Emalangeni 89 million ($7.5 million) purchase of the luxury BMW cars in a report tabled in parliament.

He added, “It said the cars would be used by the Close Protection Unit which is responsible for protecting dignitaries.”

There were no further details as to how the vehicles were provided, but they were purchased through Mbabane’s Central Transport Administration (CTA).

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