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Swaziland King Denies Threatening Men With Jail Term For Refusing To Marry More Wives

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Swaziland King, Mswati III has denied ordering the men in his country to marry more than one wife or face a life sentence.

This is coming hours after it was reported that the monarch gave an order in Mbabane, stressing that men will from June 2019 are required to marry at least two or more wives or be jailed.

Reports say King Mswati, who has fifteen wives said that the measure was to ensure that every woman finds a husband, adding that the reality of more women than men as being experienced in the country, making it difficult for young ladies to marry.  

A report said that the government would pay for the marriage ceremonies and buy houses for whoever dances to this tune, stressing that the King will resist any man or woman that contravenes the order.

 But reacting to the report, King Mswati of Swaziland denied ordering men in his country to marry more than one wives.

The government said the issue was never discussed in anytime.

In a statement issued by its spokesperson, Percy Simelane, and made available to newsmen, the monarch blamed the Zambia Observer newspapers for the report.

 “In the wake of  several poisonous reports published in some foreign newspapers, social media platforms and other forums purported to be an official statement by His Majesty, King Mswati III, Government wishes to state the following:

“The current dispatch titled ‘Marry more wives or face jail,’ quoting the King is not only an insult to the monarchy but a disgrace to journalism.

“His Majesty has not made any pronouncement to that effect and it has never been an issue raised by Emaswatini”, he said.

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