ED dalliance with dictators grows as he hosts Mswati

RULERS: King Mswatie and President Mnangagwa


PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s cosy relations with King Mswati III of Eswatini, Africa’s last absolute and despotic monarch, shows his fondness for tainted dictators, as well as dodgy companies and business moguls.

This week, King Mswati jetted into Zimbabwe on a state visit, after which he would attend the Transform Africa Summit (TAS) held in Victoria Falls and also accompany Mnangagwa to officially open the 64th Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Bulawayo.

Foreign Affairs secretary James Manzou said the visit is set to strengthen bilateral cooperation, tourism, agriculture and investment.

While the Foreign Affairs ministry said Zimbabwe is “happy” to welcome Mswati, his negative regional human rights footprint has sparked an outcry, especially as the country heads towards general elections which have been underlined by violence against opposition.
Mswati has been intolerant of dissenting voices in Eswatini.

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