Mambo Trust Opposed To New Ndebele King Installation ‘Because 90% Of Matebeleland People Are Either Rozvi Or Lozwi’

THE recently registered Mambo Trust says it is opposed to the installation of a new Ndebele king, which is expected to be done within the next 12 months.

The new group, advocating for the Mambo dynasty, says it will not allow a king to be installed without its involvement and concurrence.

Mike Moyo, chairperson of the Mambo Trust, said they were not amused by Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko’s recent comments, supporting the Khumalo clan’s desire to install a new Ndebele king to succeed the late King Lobengula.

“We have invited historians and senior citizens who know our history,” he said.

“The Khumalo clan cannot dictate the pace and make such bold statements that they are almost through [with selecting a new king] and they are only waiting for the government to finalise their wish.”

The trust claims at least 90% of the people of Matabeleland were either Rozvi or Lozwi and they had to have a say in the creation of any monarchy.
Moyo said a consultative meeting will be held at the weekend at Stanley Square, where historians will share their knowledge about the Mambo dynasty and its role in the region.

Historians expected to be part of the meeting include Saul Gwakuba Ndlovu, Phathisa Nyathi and academics from the University of Botswana.

Moyo said Mambo was killed in 1830 by Zwangendaba’s group and they have been in the country for centuries. He said the Mzilikazi group only arrived 54 years later, after the death of Mambo.

Mphoko was recently quoted saying he supported the restoration of the Ndebele monarchy.

“I can tell you today, the issue of having our king in place is being discussed at a very high level and nearing conclusion, which should be done soon and we will be back here to coronate the king before the next Mzilikazi commemorations,” he said recently.

Mzilikazi celebrations are held annually in September.
Source: Southern Eye

11 Million Eastern & Southern Africa Children Face Hunger, Disease, & Water Shortages, Because Of Worst El Nino Weather In Decades,

Robert Mugabe

AT least 11 million children in eastern and southern Africa face hunger, disease, and water shortages as a result of the strongest El Nino weather phenomenon in decades, the United Nations children’s fund said.

Severe drought and floods are causing malnutrition and increasing children’s vulnerability to killer diseases such as malaria, diarrhoea, cholera, and dengue fever, Unicef said on Tuesday.

“The consequences could ripple through generations unless affected communities receive support,” it said in a statement.

El Nino, caused by Pacific Ocean warming, has caused debilitating drought in several parts of Africa, including Malawi and Zimbabwe.

The worst affected country is Ethiopia, which has the second-largest population in Africa and is suffering through its worst drought in 30 years. More than eight million Ethiopians need food aid, and the number could rise to 15 million by early 2016, the United Nations said.

At least 350 000 Ethiopian children have severe acute malnutrition, Unicef said, meaning they are likely to die without therapeutic feeding.

In Somalia, flash floods have destroyed thousands of makeshift homes and crops, with further rains expected to increase the number of people in need of life-saving aid above the current 3.2 million.

El Nino is forecast to continue strengthening into early 2016, causing more floods and droughts and fuelling Pacific typhoons and cyclones. El Nino is not caused by climate change, but scientists believe they are becoming more intense as a result of it.

Unicef’s executive director, Anthony Lake, said he hoped the humanitarian crisis caused by El Nino would focus minds at UN talks in France starting on November 30 to secure a new global deal to slow climate change.

“Its intensity and potential destructiveness should be a wake-up call as world leaders gather in Paris,” Lake said in a statement.

“As they [world leaders] debate an agreement on limiting global warming, they should recall that the future of today’s children – and of the planet they will inherit – is at stake.” by Al Jazeera. source-newzimbabwe

 

MPs Alarmed By Rise In Beggars, Street Kids, Mothers, Fathers , Youths & Prostitution

MEMBERS of Parliament have expressed concern over the alleged increase in prostitution both in urban and rural areas.

In a motion before the National Assembly, the lawmakers said they were concerned by the increasing number of “beggars, street kids, street mothers, fathers and youths” at road intersections and pavements in urban areas.

They also said they were disturbed by the wanton abuse of alcohol and other intoxicants by the younger generation.

The motion, which is yet to be adopted, was moved by Buhera Central MP, Ronald Muderedzwa (Zanu-PF) and seconded by Uzumba MP, Simbaneuta Mudarikwa (Zanu-PF).

Mudarikwa told The Chronicle the motion would be moved again next week.

He said society must come up with ways of rehabilitating youths.
“The management of our youths has gone out of hand, we need to do something for them,” said Mudarikwa.

In the motion, legislators said the government has a Constitutional duty to look after the poor and the weak.

“Alarmed by the increasing levels of prostitution in both urban areas and growth points around the country;” reads part of the motion.

“Now therefore calls upon the Executive to; Repeal such laws as the Vagrancy Act that are alien to safeguarding the interests of the poor and the weak; Introduce laws that are amenable to upholding human rights and dignity of the underprivileged; Effectively play a paternal role to such vulnerable groups in line with its constitutional obligations; Engage the services of the abundant pool of social workers from the institutions of higher learning in order to promote reformation and rehabilitation of social misfits for the common good.”

In May, the Constitutional Court outlawed the arrest of women on charges of soliciting for sex in the absence of men confirming they were offered the services for a fee.

Women had for long been apprehended in various police operations and charged with loitering for the purposes of prostitution.

Deputy Chief Justice Luke Malaba, sitting with eight other judges of the Constitutional Court, declared the arrest and prosecution unconstitutional. by Auxilia Katongomara
Source: chronicle.

Missing Child (3) From Chief Njelele, Gokwe South, Found Dead,With No Toungue

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A THREE-year-old boy from Chief Njelele’s area in Gokwe South who was recently reported missing was found dead last week in Mapfungautsi Forest with missing body parts, raising suspicion that he could have been a victim of a ritual murder.

Two weeks ago, the child was reported missing with traditional leaders attributing his mysterious disappearance to the invasion of a “sacred” forest by illegal settlers who had stayed put despite efforts to evict them.

Chief Njelele said the three-year-old boy was found dead with a missing tongue after a week-long search by friends and relatives.

“I received a report from one of my village heads, Joseph Musiyarira, to the effect that a three year old child from his village had gone missing. The child was on Tuesday (last week) found dead in the forest and reports are that he had a missing tongue. The child could have been murdered before his body was dumped in the forest. The body was discovered by passersby,” he said.

Chief Njelele said the body was retrieved by police and taken to Gokwe District hospital for a postmortem.

When the child went missing a fortnight ago, his parents engaged traditional healers and prophets to no avail.

The parents had been given hope by prophets who told them that the child was still alive but was wandering in the forest.

In an interview just after the child went missing, village head Musiyarira said the search for the child had been in vain.

“We tried to look for the child but we couldn’t locate the boy. The bush is cleared and there’s no way a child can go missing in such a clear area. Prophets are telling parents that the child is still alive. There’s usually a lot of mystery associated with the forest and some people think it’s a curse to invade the area,” he said.

“The explanation which we’re getting from local prophets is that people invaded this farm which was regarded as scared, hence the child is paying for their sins. People here have to either hold a cleansing ceremony or relocate to another area because we can’t fight supernatural forces. We can’t afford to see children disappearing. The biggest challenge is we don’t know what might happen next,” he said.

Midlands Police Spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko could neither deny nor confirm the incident.

“I haven’t been in the office for the past few days due to other work related commitments.

“However, if I get any details relating to the matter I’ll give you,” he said.
by Elizabeth Tsuro. Source – chronicle- See more at: http://www.newzimbabwevision.com

80 Of 108 Boarders, Flee Ellis Robins Boys High , Hostels, In Harare Over ‘Major Satanism Scare’

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Students at Ellis Robins Boys High School in Harare said that strange occult-related incidents were happening at the school, disrupting classed and learning processes.

According to some of the student, the first signs of the occult appeared when students experienced weird nightmares and blood was also seen in one of the bathtubs at the school.

Gripped by fear, a number of students vacated the hostels, with just a few remaining due to bus fare challenges. Out of 80 resident students, only 28 remained at the school.

School head, Shingi Museruka, declined to comment on the issue.

Source – dailynews

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New Human Species (HOMO NALEDI) Discovered In Cradle of Humanity World Heritage Site, ‘SA’

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Two years after they were tipped off by cavers plumbing the depths of the limestone tunnels in the Rising Star Cave outside Johannesburg, Berger and his team have discovered what they say is a new addition to our family tree.

The team is calling this new species of human relative “Homo naledi,” and they say it appears to have buried its dead — a behavior scientists previously thought was limited to humans.

Berger’s team came up with the startling theory just days after reaching the place where the fossils — consisting of infants, children, adults and elderly individuals — were found, in a previously isolated chamber within the cave.

The team believes that the chamber, located 30 meters underground in the Cradle of Humanity world heritage site, was a burial ground — and that Homo naledi could have used fire to light the way.

“There is no damage from predators, there is no sign of a catastrophe. We had to come to the inevitable conclusion that Homo naledi, a non-human species of hominid, was deliberately disposing of its dead in that dark chamber. Why, we don’t know,” Berger told CNN.

“Until the moment of discovery of ‘naledi,’ I would have probably said to you that it was our defining character. The idea of burial of the dead or ritualized body disposal is something utterly uniquely human.”

Standing at the entrance to the cave this week, Berger said: “We have just encountered another species that perhaps thought about its own mortality, and went to great risk and effort to dispose of its dead in a deep, remote, chamber right behind us.”

“It absolutely questions what makes us human. And I don’t think we know anymore what does.”

The first undisputed human burial dates to some 100,000 years ago, but because Berger’s team hasn’t yet been able to date naledi’s fossils, they aren’t clear how significant their theory is.

Berger tried to put the new find into perspective.

“This is like opening up Tutankhamen’s tomb,” he said. “It is that extreme and perhaps that influential in this stage of our history.”

Almost human but not quite

Homo naledi is a strange mosaic of the ancient and the thoroughly modern.

Naledi’s brain was no bigger than an orange, scientists say. Its hands are superficially human-like, but the finger bones are locked into a curve — a trait that suggests climbing and tool-using capabilities.

Homo naledi was relatively big: it stood about 5 feet tall, had long legs, and its feet are almost identical to ours, suggesting it had the ability to walk long distances.

“Overall, Homo naledi looks like one of the most primitive members of our genus, but it also has some surprisingly human-like features, enough to warrant placing it in the genus Homo,” says John Hawks of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a senior author on the papers describing the new species that were published Thursday.

The scientists can make these claims, in part, because of the sheer scale of the find.

In the vault at the University of Witwatersrand, hundreds of priceless specimens lie in padded cases across the room.

So far they’ve unearthed more than 1,500 fossil remains in total — the largest single hominin find yet revealed on the continent of Africa, the cradle of human evolution.

Underground astronauts

Gathering the fossils was dangerous work.

Berger, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, was already well-known for his discovery of “Australopithecus sediba,” another species of human ancestor, in 2008. But this expedition would face unique challenges.

The fossils were found at the end of a series of chambers and tight squeezes deep underground, some 90 meters (100 yards) from the cave entrance. To get there, scientists would have to squeeze through a 7-inch wide cave opening.

  • Scientists say they have discovered a new species of human relative in South Africa
  • “Homo naledi” appears to have buried its dead — a behavior previously though limited to humans
  • The discovery could transform our understanding of human evolution

Rising Star Cave, South Africa (CNN)When an amateur caver and university geologist arrived at Lee Berger’s house one night in late 2013 with a fragment of a fossil jawbone in hand, they broke out the beers and calledNational Geographic.

Berger, a professor at the University of the Witwatersrandin Johannesburg, South Africa, had unearthed some major finds before. But he knew he had something big on his hands.

What he didn’t know at the time is that it would shake up our understanding of the progress of human evolution and even pose new questions about our identity.

Two years after they were tipped off by cavers plumbing the depths of the limestone tunnels in the Rising Star Cave outside Johannesburg, Berger and his team have discovered what they say is a new addition to our family tree.

The team is calling this new species of human relative “Homo naledi,” and they say it appears to have buried its dead — a behavior scientists previously thought was limited to humans.

Berger’s team came up with the startling theory just days after reaching the place where the fossils — consisting of infants, children, adults and elderly individuals — were found, in a previously isolated chamber within the cave.

The team believes that the chamber, located 30 meters underground in the Cradle of Humanity world heritage site, was a burial ground — and that Homo naledi could have used fire to light the way.   12 photos: Meet Homo naledi

“Until the moment of discovery of ‘naledi,’ I would have probably said to you that it was our defining character. The idea of burial of the dead or ritualized body disposal is something utterly uniquely human.”

Standing at the entrance to the cave this week, Berger said: “We have just encountered another species that perhaps thought about its own mortality, and went to great risk and effort to dispose of its dead in a deep, remote, chamber right behind us.”

“It absolutely questions what makes us human. And I don’t think we know anymore what does.”

The first undisputed human burial dates to some 100,000 years ago, but because Berger’s team hasn’t yet been able to date naledi’s fossils, they aren’t clear how significant their theory is.

Berger tried to put the new find into perspective.

“This is like opening up Tutankhamen’s tomb,” he said. “It is that extreme and perhaps that influential in this stage of our history.”

Almost human but not quite

Homo naledi is a strange mosaic of the ancient and the thoroughly modern.

Naledi’s brain was no bigger than an orange, scientists say. Its hands are superficially human-like, but the finger bones are locked into a curve — a trait that suggests climbing and tool-using capabilities.

Homo naledi was relatively big: it stood about 5 feet tall, had long legs, and its feet are almost identical to ours, suggesting it had the ability to walk long distances.

The braincase of a male Homo naledi is less than half the size of the modern human skull.

“Overall, Homo naledi looks like one of the most primitive members of our genus, but it also has some surprisingly human-like features, enough to warrant placing it in the genus Homo,” says John Hawks of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a senior author on the papers describing the new species that were published Thursday.

The scientists can make these claims, in part, because of the sheer scale of the find.

In the vault at the University of Witwatersrand, hundreds of priceless specimens lie in padded cases across the room.

So far they’ve unearthed more than 1,500 fossil remains in total — the largest single hominin find yet revealed on the continent of Africa, the cradle of human evolution.

Underground astronauts

Gathering the fossils was dangerous work.

Berger, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, was already well-known for his discovery of “Australopithecus sediba,” another species of human ancestor, in 2008. But this expedition would face unique challenges.

The fossils were found at the end of a series of chambers and tight squeezes deep underground, some 90 meters (100 yards) from the cave entrance. To get there, scientists would have to squeeze through a 7-inch wide cave opening.

Berger put out a call on social media for skinny scientists and cavers who could fit through the tiny chute and bring up the bones.

Within days Berger had dozens of responses, and he eventually selected a team of six “underground astronauts” — all women — to do the job.

Berger himself could not reach the chamber where the remains lay, but he followed all of the exploration on real-time monitors above ground and communicated with his team.

“It is the heart of exploration. What we are privileged enough to do is going into the next new unexplored spaces,” says Berger. By David Mckenzie and Hamilton Wende, CNN

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Victoria Falls, Fuel stations, Lament Cheaply Priced Black Market Fuel Flooding Streets

About 10 service stations in the resort town sell fuel at between $1.28 and $1.32 per litre of diesel while petrol is being sold at between $1.44 and $1.50 per litre.

The illegal fuel dealers in Victoria Falls are charging $7 for five litres of petrol and motorists prefer to buy from the black market.

The illegal dealers procure the commodity from Kasane in Botswana and Livingstone in Zambia where a litre of petrol costs less than one United States dollar.

The Victoria Falls Fuel Dealers Association on Tuesday convened a meeting with stakeholders from the local authority, police, and Environmental Management Agency (EMA) among others to find possible ways of addressing the matter.

The association’s chairperson Obvious Marange said fuel service stations’ business was being crippled by the emergence of fuel dealers on the black market.

“We held a meeting attended by all garage owners to raise our concerns about the increase in the number of people trading in fuel on the black market,” said Marange.

At the meeting, it was resolved that EMA and the Victoria Falls Municipality should use their statutes and by-laws to deal with the fuel dealers on the black market.

“It was agreed that the town council should educate people on the dangers of storing fuel in plastic containers in their houses.

“As fuel operators we’ve been affected by black market fuel dealers’ business because as things stand, it’s like everyone is now running a garage,” said Marange.

A similar stakeholders’ meeting will be held next month to deliberate on possible measures to curb the illicit fuel business in the resort town.

Victoria Falls Municipality spokesperson Ngqabutho Moyo said they would enforce some by-laws if there was need.

“We attended a meeting of fuel dealers where they raised concern about the increasing number of illegal dealers in fuel. On our part we indicated that we would raise awareness through various methods on the dangers of keeping fuel in containers and illegally dealing in it,” he said.

“If we find anyone dealing in it without a licence we’ll be compelled to enforce the Traders Licence Act because as a local authority we only recognise designated trading sites such as garages.”

The black market is spawned by Victoria Falls’ proximity to Botswana and Zambia.

The illegal dealers also buy some of the fuel from truck drivers at Victoria Falls Truck Stop and near the Vehicle Inspectorate Department offices where some of the illegal vending sites are located.

Illegal selling sites have been established in houses in Mkhosana and Chinotimba suburbs while others sell from the bush around town.

Meanwhile, service stations operators in the resort town have implored the government to review some levies which they said were exorbitant hence fuelling black market. by Leornard Ncube source-chronicle

Takeover Of Blue Ribbon Industries By Tanzanian Industrial Conglomerate, Bakhresa Group, Approved

BLUE Ribbon Industries (BRI) creditors on Wednesday approved the takeover of the company by a Tanzanian industrial conglomerate, Bakhresa Group, a move that would revive the food processor.
BRI judicial manager Reggie Saruchera said bureaucracy resulted in Bakhresa taking over the company this year although there were local investors who were interested, but lacked capacity.

“We waited for three and half years and we were looking for serious investors because BRI required real money for it to take off. At least $10 million is required for raw materials only,”Saruchera said.

He said for the indigenisation plan to be approved, it took almost two years after Bakhresa applied in May 2013 and was approved in May 2015.

BRI had closed shop in 2012 due to funding constraints and was placed under judicial management to revive its operations.

Bakhresa Group would bring in $18,3 million upfront and $40 million would be injected over five years.

“The $12 million will be paid to creditors and $6 million will be for working capital,” Saruchera said after the scheme meeting.

The scheme of arrangement will be sanctioned on September 16 and implementation of scheme and completion of the handover takeover of BRI will be done by next month together with the removal of the company from judicial management.

Bakhresa will take over BRI and its subsidiaries and has the capacity to recapitalise and revive the company, Saruchera said.

“Bakhresa has proposed a once-off payment to creditors on taking over BRI and its subsidiaries,” Saruchera said.
Currently, BRI is operating at 60% to 70% capacity on maize meal and 10% to 15% on flour.

Saruchera told NewsDay last month that the injection by the Bakhresa Group would see maize meal capacity rising to 100%, while flour would peak to 80%.

The food processing company would also engage contract farmers in wheat and maize production.

Saruchera said the Tanzanian group would wholly own BRI. It would then give workers 10% and further sell to locals until the 51%-49% threshold was met in compliance with the empowerment legislation.

The Indigenisation Act stipulates that at least 51% of all foreign-owned companies operating in Zimbabwe should be in the hands of locals.

Bakhresa has operations in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa and has created over
10 000 jobs.

The group has grain milling capacity of 5 000 tonnes per day and the capacity will increase to 6 000 tonnes per day by the end of 2015.

Before its closure, BRI was one of the best performing companies with its Chibataura and Ngwerewere mealie-meal brands.

BRI divisions include BRI Logistics, Blue Ribbon Foods, JA Mitchells and Nutresco Foods. By Victoria Mtomba source-newsday

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Bulawayo Police Arrest 57 Youths At Vuzu (Sex/Drug/ Alcohol) Party In Lochview Suburb

POLICE in Bulawayo arrested 57 youths, while scores more escaped by scaling a precast wall during a midnight raid at a vuzu party in Lochview suburb.

The vuzu party craze is sweeping across the city, with children indulging in marathon unprotected sex sessions and substance abuse at the shindigs.

The youths, aged between 13 and 32 from different parts of Bulawayo were reportedly invited to the vuzu party to celebrate a friend’s 22nd birthday.

The birthday boy, only identified as Frank, is a student at Lupane State University.

He was also arrested. His parents, who are the owners of the house, reportedly reside out of Bulawayo.

The Chronicle caught up with some of the teenagers who attended the party and they said Frank hired taxis to ferry them to and from the house to attend the lavish party.

A comment could not be obtained from Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango as she is away in Harare. The well organised party was attended by youths from the city centre, Romney Park, North End, Queens Park, Entumbane, Nkulumane, Pumula South and Emakhandeni.

The party was halted just after midnight when police officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) raided the youths following a report by neighbours over “too much noise”.

When Chronicle visited Hillside Police Station yesterday morning, scores of girls were seated at the charge office waiting to pay $5 fines while the boys were locked in the cells.

Parents were also flocking to the police station to pay fines for their children to be released.

Police officers said they arrested the youths for criminal nuisance. They said neighbours called them complaining that the noise coming from the house was disturbing their peace.

One of the youths who had just been released told The Chronicle that she had been invited by a friend to Frank’s party.

“I went to the party at about 4PM and there was plenty of food and beer. My friends left at about 10PM but I remained behind because I was still enjoying the free beer,” said the 19-year-old from Nkulumane. “The house was packed with people drinking, smoking and dancing while others were braaing outside the house. Some were grouping themselves and using the bedrooms for sex orgies.”

She said while she was considering going home, police raided the house. “They packed us into their van and forced others in the cars that were parked outside the house.

“We slept on the benches in the charge office and the boys were locked in the cells. The police officers told us that we would be released after paying $5 fines,” she said.

Another youth said she had just arrived at the house to pick up her sister when police pounced. “My sister phoned me and asked me to pick her up. I parked near the gate and before I got out of the car I saw a police van and I was arrested together with those who were attending the party,” she said.

Vuzu parties have become a common feature in Bulawayo. The most recent one saw 16 teenagers being arrested last month.

Police investigators discovered bottles of vodka and wine as well as condoms and traditional  aphrodisiacs known as umvusankunzi.Source – chronicle

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38Girls Die In Accident On Way To King Mswati III, Virgin Wife Choosing Reed Dance ‘Umhlanga’

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A road accident in Swaziland has killed 38 girls and seriously injured 20 others who were on their way to a traditional ceremony where King Mswati III can choose a new wife, pro-democracy activists reported.

The accident happened on Friday night when their open truck smashed into a car on the road between the tiny kingdom’s two main cities, Mbabane and Manzini, en route to the traditional Reed Dance.

“A total of 38 young girls have been pronounced dead, with more than 20 others seriously injured,” Swaziland Solidarity Network spokesman Lucky Lukhele said.

The Swaziland Solidarity Network campaigns for democracy in the landlocked kingdom within South Africa.

“The girls were in an open truck which hit a sedan car stopped on the road,” Mr Lukhele said.

The Reed Dance, due to be held on Monday, is a beauty pageant that attracts tens of thousands of young virgins who dance before the polygamist king, who can select one of them as a new wife.

Mswati, Africa’s last absolute monarch, chose his 14th wife at the celebration in 2013.

King Mswati said the girls’ deaths were a “tragedy in the nation”.

“I would like to assure the parents who have lost their loved ones that the nation will support them through and through,” the monarch, speaking on the sidelines of a trade fair in Manzini, said.

“Also those in hospitals, should the need arise for further treatment they will be taken to other hospitals to ensure no further loss of life.”

Police confirmed there had been “fatalities” but declined to specify the toll, with police spokesman Khulekani Mamba saying: “We won’t be giving out any information because the maidens were on royal duty, so there are certain protocols to be followed before such information can be divulged to the public.”

Local media gave varying tolls, with government newspaper The Observer reporting hundreds of injuries and the Swazi News saying seven people had been killed, six of them girls.

News of the accident has not been broadcast on public television and journalists were blocked from photographing the crash scene, a local journalist said.

Mswati III has ruled Swaziland as an absolute monarch since his father’s death in 1982.
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