Marry Five Wives, Get A House Or Be Jailed For Life – King Orders His Countrymen
King Mswati III of Swaziland, has made a declaration in the country that from June 2019, men will be required to marry at least five wives or go to jail.
A statement by the King called for all men in the country to marry at least five wives, assuring the men that government would pay for the marriage ceremonies and buy houses for them.
“Here’s the deal, marry at least five wives and you’re assured that the government will pay for the marriage ceremonies and buy houses for them.”
King Mswati warned that any man or woman who opposes the decision “will face a life sentence”.
The order, according to IHarare, is to ensure every woman gets a husband as it is believed that men taking more wives will help women get husbands.
The monarch noted that there are more women than men in Swaziland which he noted was a very serious problem for a country known to be full of virgins.
Reports say that the decision also came following the increasing number of virgins and scarcity of men in the country.
King Mswati himself has 15 wives and 25 children, while his father and predecessor had more than 70 wives and over 150 children.
SWAZILAND GOVERNMENT DENIES ORDERING MEN TO MARRY MORE WIVES
King Mswati of Swaziland has denied ordering the men in his country to marry more than one wife or face imprisonment.
According to a statement issued by the government on Monday and signed by its spokesperson, Percy Simelane, and available on Bulawayo24.com, the government said the issue was never discussed.
The statement blamed the Zambia Observer newspapers for the report, asking it to substantiate its claim.
Part of the statement read, “In the wake of several poisonous reports published in some foreign newspapers, social media platforms and other forums purported to be an official statement by His Majesty, King Mswati III, Government wishes to state the following:
“The current dispatch titled ‘Marry more wives or face jail,’ quoting the King is not only an insult to the monarchy but a disgrace to journalism.
“His Majesty has not made any pronouncement to thateffect and it has never been an issue raised by Emaswatini.”
The reports alleged that King Mswati had ordered that men in the country should marry more than one wife by June or face jail terms.
The reports have since gone viral on social media.
See full statement: