Monday, January 12, 2004

A timely reminder that Zimbabwe isn't the only autocratic non-democratic state on South African borders. The absolute monarch of Swaziland wants to build eleven palaces (one for each wife) at a cost of $15m while much of his country is battling with food insecurity and an HIV epidemic. Certainly Swaziland hasn't collapsed as spectacularly as Zim, and events there often seem laughable instead of just tragic, but its about time that we started paying more attention to the antics of King Mswati III.

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