SWAZILAND OFFICIAL DENIES GOVT BOUGHT FLEET OF CARS AHEAD OF KING’S 50TH BIRTHDAY

MBABANE, SWAZILAND-- The Principal Secretary of Swaziland's Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Makhosini Mndawe, has denied that the government bought a fleet of cars worth 7.5 million US dollars ahead of King Mswati III's 50th birthday, according to a report posted on Swazimedia.blogspot.

However, Mndawe's denial contradicts a report from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

Swaziland marks the King's birthday and the 50th anniversary of Independence from Britain on April 19 in the so-called 50/50 celebration.

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

However, the independent Times Sunday reported the Ministry of Public Works and Transport had announced the 89 million Emalangeni (7.5 million USD) purchase of the luxury BMW cars in a report tabled in parliament, said the Swazimedia.blogspot of Richard Rooney, who 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, which were bought through Mbabane's Central Transport Administration (CTA), were provided.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK