DISABLED BUSINESSMAN STOPPED FROM SEEING KING
NHLANGANO – A business-man living with a disability was blocked by former Pastor Minister Lindiwe Dlamini from having an audience with His Majesty the King because he is disabled.
Dlamini, the former Housing and Urban Development Minister denied Hlatikhulu businessman Peter Petersie an opportunity to meet the King at Mbangweni Royal Residence during the Shiselweni Reed Dance that took place last week.
Peter Petersie (54) was told by the former minister that, because he has one leg, he could not kneel down as detected by custom when one is before the King.
After Petersie was denied the chance to see the King, he then left the Mbangweni Royal Residence dejected.
I must admit I would have been dejected to, mind you probably for very different reasons.
He is livid and claims the former minister was discriminatory against him.
Dlamini was leading a group of busi-nesspeople to the King when the incident happened.
Now that is probably the real reason for the discrimination. Swaziland has no real concept of business or infact even governance. A delegation of business people who create what little wealth the country has when the alternative is hundreds of bare breasted 14 year old girls, one who the king will chose and waste the countries public funds building her a palace is just no choice at all.
When called, Dlamini confirmed and claimed she was trying to help Petersie, as he could not kneel before the King.
However, an irate Petersie has dismissed Dlamini’s claims. He said he could have managed to obey the Swazi custom despite his disability.
The businessman was among the group of businesspeople who had come to meet the King on business and development related matter.
Peters is a well-known Swazi businessman.
Now if he had claimed to be a wizard he might well have got an audience This is a country that has weighty issues on it legislative agenda.
Swaziland has launched a crackdown on high-flying witches after banning them from hovering above 150 metres.
Anyone caught flying their broomstick above the height limit faces arrest and a hefty R500,000 fine, the country’s Civil Aviation Authorities said this week.
According to the Corporate Affairs Sabelo Dlamini‘A witch on a broomstick should not fly above the [150-metre] limit,’
Petersie said: “I am still shocked by the way Dlamini treated me, it was the highest standard of discrimination I have ever seen in my lifetime.”
“We went there to deliver two cows to the King and I was in charge of the funds and having got inside Mba-ngweni Palace with a colleague, Minister Dlamini said I could not see the King because I have only one leg,” said Petersie.
He should have taken the King some viagra. Better still if he really wanted some royal attention why didn't he appeal to the kings intelligence.
Petersie has said he was offended by Dlamini’s actions as he had contributed greatly in the economy of Swaziland.
“I have contributed in building the economy of Swaziland and I do not deserve to be blocked from seeing the King, despite my disabled condition I am a productive Swazi citizen hence, I should not be discriminated against but treated as a human being,” said Petersie.
I agree Petersie but really you have to face the fact that Mswati III is batshit crazy and don't expect anything to change anytime soon.