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.


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