Finally, let the Lion roar
I was waiting with great anticipation that the Lion would finally roar to give direction and reassurance to the nation and when I heard the news last Tuesday that His Majesty had summoned the nation to the Cattle Byre, I breathed a huge sigh of relief.
It’s a huge sigh of relief because it is at volatile times such as these that the nation always looks up to their King, for in him the whole Swazi machine holds together.ã€€ I have often lamented that the Swazi authorities were way too laid back and leaving a lot of issues to play themselves out for too long until they reached dangerous, boiling-point levels - a way that is no longer conducive in this tempestuous 21st century.
The situation on the ground was beginning to depict that of children left to themselves for far too long, such that even in their dust-splashing squabbles and disagreements it began to scare the wits out of their naughty selves when it appeared it was beginning to be a threat to their very livelihoods. Thank God, nonetheless, that just when the children were about to annihilate one another by the sword, the parents have come shouting from the vicinity.
I must say that a lot of emotions were playing out in my mind when the news came, for I had just listened to His Majesty Sobhuza II’s speech which he delivered at Nhlangano during the double celebration of Independence and his birthday.ã€€
This was when he spelled out the responsibility of those who acquire Independence, saying that as soon as the ship sets sail and you realise the tempestuous voyage at hand and understand it, you are like a man who has taken a rope and hanged oneself. He stressed the hard work of perpetuating independence and taking it from ‘glory to glory’.
Our independence was beginning to show signs that it was going to irretrievably stall anytime now and this was made worse by the appearance of the first signs that indicate the coming of the worst - the economic malady. It goes without saying that, with the economy in shambles and with social upheavals and strikes on the upward trend, we were scared of what was possibly coming after us.
While the economic slump is experienced the world over, ours was rather more lamentable because it was self-inflicted through corruption and ineptitude. Therefore, we are looking forward to this afternoon with the hope that our King will tangibly become the necessary embodiment of fatherhood that he is known to be.ã€€
We pray for him in advance that he will create an honest and objective approach so that, over and above bringing solutions and directions, he may be blessed with the wisdom to pinpoint the very causative factors ofã€€our predicament, if any are to be ascertained.ã€€We pray for his emotions to be directed from above and for him to ooze with the much-needed unifying agency that will bring us closer to one another once again, for it was becoming too obvious that we were being pressed from without and from within. We hope that the picture of a Swaziland talking to itself will be very fruitful indeed.
However, I am worried by the random and uncalculated firings of the teachers, right on the eve of His Majesty’s address! I am of the view that it should have been halted out of respect for the final authority and all, because these announced firings coincided with the nation’s summons to the cattle byre. How should teachers be feeling as they approach Sibaya to bow before their father the King, especially as they come with the hope that the King may address their case too? I will leave it there out of respect for His Majesty, but and a big but!
We cannot wait for the Lion to finally roar this afternoon and we hope the Swazi house will once again be put in order. That is, if it is viewed to be out of order, for I might be spectating from an obscure angle.
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