No more divorce cases in Swaziland as the King issues a new order

In our culture, once you marry, there is no turning back

King Mswati III

Mswati entered the books of history for being a King with many wives, and he keeps on marrying every year.

Sitting at the helm of his country as the King Pin, Msawati has issued a new order that will see divorce cases disappear in his country.

King Mswati III has officially banned divorce in his Kingdom during a meeting that he held with Christian religious leaders at the Engabezweni Royal Residence on April 18.

According to a local Newspaper “The Times of Swaziland”  they have quoted the king telling the pastors to inform the citizens that there was no pulling out once marriage takes place. “In our culture, once you marry, there is no turning back,” King Mswati has said.

The royal directive comes as the kingdom’s attorney-general office’s is drafting a marriage Bill that spells out five grounds for divorce.

The existing law does not allow divorce. The newspaper quoted King Mswati comparing marriage to a covenant with God, pointing out that it was wrong for people to break agreements “made with their maker”. Swaziland is one of the world’s last remaining absolute monarchies.

According to United Nations reports, Swaziland has the highest HIV/Aids prevalence rate on the globe. Out of a total population of 1.2 million, more than 210,000 Swazis are infected with the virus. King Mswati III was crowned in 1986 at the age of 18, succeeding his long-serving father King Sobhuza II, who died aged 82.

The king, 49, who is known as Ngweyama — “the lion” — has many wives and often appears in public in traditional attire. He is permitted by law to choose a new bride every year.

Currently King Mswati III has 15 Wives.

Get our Top Stories delivered to your inbox

Welcome to the Pulse Community! We will now be sending you a daily newsletter on news, entertainment and more. Also join us across all of our other channels - we love to be connected!

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke

Recommended articles

Akothee flaunts new gift from her mzungu bae [Video]

Akothee flaunts new gift from her mzungu bae [Video]

I was frogmarched into university - Lillian Muli on her childhood career dream

I was frogmarched into university - Lillian Muli on her childhood career dream

Mambo ya mhesh - Bahati breaks silence with new banger [Watch]

Mambo ya mhesh - Bahati breaks silence with new banger [Watch]

Ruger arrives in Kenya ahead of Meru concert [Photos & Video]

Ruger arrives in Kenya ahead of Meru concert [Photos & Video]

Businessman saves Quiver, Loft & 41 clubs from closure

Businessman saves Quiver, Loft & 41 clubs from closure

Gabu of P-Unit undergoes surgery

Gabu of P-Unit undergoes surgery

Why Willy Paul's new song has been deleted from YouTube

Why Willy Paul's new song has been deleted from YouTube

This is new to me - Ben Pol denies finalizing divorce from Anerlisa Muigai

This is new to me - Ben Pol denies finalizing divorce from Anerlisa Muigai

List of entertainment joints whose licenses have been revoked

List of entertainment joints whose licenses have been revoked