Mbabane: King Mswati III’s eldest daughter, Princess Sikhanyiso has vehemently defended the scathing criticism from rights groups, trade unions and the media, especially of the King’s lavish lifestyle.
Speaking to ABC News, an American Channel, the Princess who is also a Minister of Information, Communication and Technology said so much has been said about the king, and so much has been said about Eswatini and that was a propaganda out there, and it was contrary to the situation on the ground.
In a live interview with ABC News reporter during a popular programme called Good Morning America (GMA), a couple of days ago, Princess Sikhanyiso described the situation as that of a normal homestead set up where there will be children who are obedient, and those who are disobedient.
“You have those that are disruptive and who want to make noise and create a story that is not actually there,” said Princess Sikhanyiso.
When asked about the critics that his father, the King is ruling by decree, she said she was not really sure what those people are referring to. She said for how [the people] view the king, they view him as a father figure, as a spiritual figure. They see the king as somebody reachable, loving and caring.
When asked about a possible succession, she said that is not something that is openly discussed in Eswatini.
“In other monarchies, that conversation is normal and specific. In Eswatini, that conversation is sacred. The succession process in Eswatini is both hereditary and elective. The House of Dlamini dynasty goes as far back as 400 years ago and it is an undisturbed line, so it will be somebody who is born from the House of Dlamini. A male,” said the Princess.
Speaking of his son, Phikolwezwe “Phiko” Kukhanya Phasika Elihu Dlamini who turned 1 on April 10, she said motherhood is the best experience yet.
“I have a new earned respect for women, the sacrifices that we make for our children you have to juggle everything at the same time.”
She went on, saying she appreciate the role of men in childrearing and everyone should all play their part.
“I have a renewed impetus, even in the workplace, to say I want to make Eswatini a better Eswatini for my son and the generations to come for him to grow up in a different Eswatini that is more advanced, economically and holistically,” said the Princess.