Omari' is fake!
MBABANE – The man who calls himself Prince Makhosini ‘Omari’ Dlamini has not always gone by this name.
He was born Phumelele Mthokozisi Sangweni, the Times can reveal.
Growing up he went by the nickname Fanas and he has a sister called Nikita Sangweni.
His biological father is a South African called Mhlengi Moses Sangweni and his mother is Phindiwe Dlamini.
This is according to an email authored by Dlamini himself which he sent to his aunt, Celiwe Sangweni – Mnguni, who lives in the United States of America.
The email, a copy of which we have in our possession, was sent to Sangweni – Mnguni last week Tuesday, and it was sent from the same email address that Dlamini was using to communicate with this publication for the whole of last week.
Dlamini was responding to an email that had been sent by his father’s sister.
He told her that he did not consider himself a Sangweni because he was born before his parents got married and his father did not pay damages to his mother’s family so he, therefore, considers himself a member of his mother’s family, the Dlaminis.
"Listen up. Your brother did not pay dowry for my mother and did not pay damages as I was born out of wedlock in African tradition. So stop claiming I’m a Sangweni. Your family did not honour African traditions," he wrote.
Dlamini goes on to tell her that he has officially changed his name and his passport now reflects his new surname.
"Mhlengi did not raise me. I associate myself with the Dlamini family. I respect uGogo for bearing a son who beared (sic) me and our relations end there uGogo (your mother). I stayed around cause (sic) of her. She was the family link (and) she is gone now," Dlamini wrote.
In response to this email, Sangweni – Mnguni wrote her own the following day telling Dlamini that his parents eventually got married and when they divorced later Mhlengi paid out a settlement.
"My brother paid R500 000, you were mentioned in the settlement. Your birth certificate issued as Sangweni, isn’t so where is a lie there (sic). Well people do change their last names, how convenient for you to even change your given names to rhyme with your new found royal highness status," Sangweni – Mnguni wrote.
Dlamini responds by telling her that the E500 000 was for child maintenance.
"Your brother did not pay ilobolo and didn’t pay damages. Your brother and my mom also on the other hand legally got married in court in 1994. So African wise, I am my mother’s till (sic) he does the cleansing ceremony and pays my mother’s dowry. Till (sic) then I’m my mother’s son and he is just the man who assisted in me coming to life. So Mthokozisi Sangweni doesn’t exist, but Makhosini Phumelele Dlamini does," Dlamini wrote last Wednesday.
Dad won’t discuss it with the Times
MBABANE – Mhlengi Moses Sangweni refused to discuss his estranged son with the Times.
He is based in South Africa.
Sangweni was called at around lunch time on Thursday and as soon as he heard that the caller was a journalist he politely stated that he would not discuss his family with this publication before cutting the line.
He then sent an email to his sister, Celiwe Sangweni – Mnguni, in the United States of America in which he asked her if she had given this reporter his cellphone number.
"Mina namaphepha ndaba asihlangani ngisho nasemsebenzini they know that (I do not want to have anything to do with newspapers, even at my workplace they know that). If you have given them my number, please ask them to stop calling. They are irritating me," Mhlengi wrote.
Celiwe responded and admitted giving us the number and told him we wanted to enquire about Prince Makhosini ‘Omari’ Dlamini.
"Maybe just talk to them because this is growing and getting crazier," Celiwe wrote.
In response, Mhlengi said he did not want to get involved.
"At the end of the day, Fanas uyinja yami. Uma ifa kuyomele ngiyiqoqe whether iyangiphika or not," Mhlengi wrote.
‘Those emails are fake’
MBABANE – Prince Makhosini ‘Omari’ Dlamini yesterday accused his aunt, Celiwe Sangweni-Mnguni of fabricating the emails which have him admitting to have been born a Sangweni.
Dlamini said this in a statement he issued yesterday afternoon.
"As far as I know I don’t know of the supposed emails floating around media houses, in these alleged emails it is communication between myself and my alleged ‘aunt’ Celiwe Sangweni-Mnguni. This woman created communication herself. I don’t have time to talk to her as she is not my family," he wrote.
Dlamini said he has since got a restraining order against Sangweni-Mnguni to stop her from destroying his ‘international image’.
"Any journalist who wishes to entertain the Sangweni cretins will be having time. I and my family would love to handle all family business in a private matter (sic)," he wrote.
When Sangweni – Mnguni was informed that Dlamini claims that she ‘manufactured’ the emails, she offered this reporter the password to her Hotmail account to allow us to determine whether the emails were genuinely sent to her or she created them.
A quick look in Sangweni – Mnguni’s email account revealed that the emails had, indeed, been sent to her from the email accounts that we have also used to communicate with Dlamini over the past week.
Screen shots of some of the emails were taken.
Sangweni Mnguni also wrote an affidavit which was certified Candra A. Walker, the Magistrate of the 31st Judicial District of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States of America where she resides.
In the affidavit she swore that all the information that she gave us about Dlamini was the truth.
Prince ‘Omari’ avoids father for three years
MBABANE – Prince Makhosini Omari Dlamini has allegedly not spoken to his biological father in about three years.
The rift between Dlamini and Mhlengi Moses Sangweni was revealed by Mhlengi’s sister, Celiwe Sangweni – Mnguni and later confirmed by Mhlengi himself in an email he sent to his sister on Thursday.
In a sworn affidavit, Celiwe states that the father and son had a fallout during her mother’s funeral in 2009. She said the rift followed some strong words between the two where Dlamini allegedly called Mhlengi names.
Celiwe makes reference to the altercation which led to the falling out in an email she sent to Dlamini last Wednesday.
In an earlier email Dlamini had told her the Sangweni family failed to observe African tradition by not paying damages to the Dlamini family for his out of wedlock conception.
In response to that Celiwe wrote: "Your knowledge of African culture seemingly is very much unilateral. In that case, you wouldn’t have made the scene you made with your father (whom you address as my brother or Mr Sangweni) while the body of your grandmother was lying in state in the house. According to Zulu culture that is the most respectable moment. Well I don’t know about Swazis since all of a sudden you are Swazi, but I bet we somehow have a lot in common."
In another batch of emails on Thursday between Mhlengi and Celiwe, Mhlengi states that Dlamini is still his responsibility whether he (Dlamini) denies him (Mhlengi) or not.
‘Omari’ sticks to his story
MBABANE – Prince Makhosini Omari Dlamini continued to insist that he was a member of Swazi Royal family even when confronted with Celiwe Sangweni-Mnguni’s allegations.
The Times received copies of the emails from Sangweni – Mnguni on Thursday.
Dlamini was called on Thursday afternoon on his cellphone and asked if he knew Sangweni-Mnguni whom he first claimed was a bitter former girlfriend who was now stalking him.
When further informed that the Times had also been able to track down his biological father, Mhlengi Moses Sangweni, he insisted that this man was not his father, but an accomplice of Sangweni-Mnguni in her alleged mission to ruin his life.
Dlamini was then informed that this publication had copies of emails sent from the same email address we had been using to communicate with him in which he acknowledges that Mhlengi is his father, he then abruptly cut the line.
Three hours later he sent this reporter a text message asking him to call him back.
When called he continued to insist that he is not related to the Sangwenis and requested an opportunity to explain everything including the ‘incriminating’ emails.
In that conversation, Dlamini changed his story slightly and said Celiwe was actually an old family friend with whom he had a fallout with, when earlier he had said she was an ex-girlfriend.
Dlamini asked to be given until Saturday afternoon to come into the country to explain everything.
"I promise to take you to my real father who resides in Malkerns. I, unfortunately, cannot give you his name because I have never had any contact with him myself," Dlamini said.
On Friday Dlamini was called again and he confirmed that he would be arriving in country around 2pm on Saturday.
He, however, did not show up on Saturday and did not pick up his phone when called or respond to text messages.
Roll out the red carpet ... the ‘prince’ is here!
MBABANE – The man who goes by the name of Prince Makhosini ‘Omari’ Dlamini eventually arrived in the country yesterday morning.
According to sources at the Oeshoek Border Post, he arrived with an entourage of people who included his mother.
On Saturday he had posted on one of his Facebook accounts that the carpet should be rolled out for his arrival.
"Swaziland roll out the carpet," he posted on Saturday morning.
He eventually arrived yesterday and posted on both his Facebook accounts that he was now in the country. Dlamini then sent a message to this reporter announcing his arrival and confirmed that he was with his mother and a cousin he identified as Sinethemba Dlamini.
He said he would be going to Queensgate in Mbabane, and he said he could only be interviewed at 3pm.
At around 2pm he emailed a statement in which he offered a blanket denial to all the claims that his aunt Celiwe Sangweni – Mnguni had made about his origins.
While at first he had dismissed Sangweni-Mnguni as an ex-girlfriend who was stalking him, yesterday he conceded that they were related.
He said Sangweni-Mnguni was his younger sister, Nikita Sangweni’s aunt.
In that statement Dlamini said he would only be able to grant us an interview at 4:30pm.
At 5:10pm he was called again and he said he was in a brief meeting and would call back.
He did not call back.
Dlamini was called again at 7:30pm last night and his phone was answered by a lady who first identified herself as his sister, before quickly turning around to say that she is actually only his friend.
The lady, who refused to divulge her name, said Dlamini was in a very important meeting and he could not be interrupted. She said she did not know when the meeting would end.
The questions Prince ‘Omari’ didn’t answer
MBABANE – From Thursday last week Prince Makhosini ‘Omari’ Dlamini has avoided responding directly to some questions about his background and activities.
When pressed for responses on Thursday, he requested an opportunity to respond in person on Saturday.
Following his failure to show up on Saturday afternoon, the questions were emailed to him yesterday morning and he responded by saying that he would meet this reporter at 3pm to answer them.
The interview kept on being postponed until late into the evening yesterday.
Below are the questions he avoided answering:
1. We have information that you were born Phumelele Mthokozisi Sangweni. Is this true?
2. We also have information that you were born in December 1991 and not December 1989 as you claimed last week?
3. We are doing a story that your father is Mhlengi Moses Sangweni. In our story we will also include the fact that you and Mhlengi had a fallout in 2009, at your grandmother’s funeral where you allegedly called him names. What do you have to say about this?
4. We have copies of emails between you and your aunt, Celiwe, in which you admit that you were born a Sangweni but you now denounce the name because your father did not pay damages to the Dlaminis for your out of wedlock conception. What is your comment on these emails and their contents?
5. Your aunt, Celiwe also alleges that you never finished high school and you most definitely did not go to New York University as you claimed last week. Your comments on this please?
6. She also claims that in the two decades that she has known your mother and her family, there has never been any hint or claim of links to royalty in Swaziland and South Africa until a few years ago when you suddenly changed your name yet you on the other hand claim to have been raised as a prince. What do you have to say about that? Do you still insist that you are from the Nhlangwini royal household in KZN and are related to Swazi royalty?
7. We have a copy of an email between Mhlengi and Celiwe in which Mhlengi also acknowledges that you are his son, and that you have only recently taken to denying him. Do you still insist that Mhlengi is not your biological father?
8. In our teleconversation on Thursday afternoon you claimed that your father was alive and residing in Malkerns, Swaziland. Do you still stand by that statement?
9. Your aunt alleges that she reported you to the police in Virginia for identity theft in 2008 (she has emailed copies of the police report). What would you say about this incident?
10. Do you still insist that you are a prince and that you are related to the Swazi Royal family?
11. If you are not who you have been claiming to be, why go through the trouble of misrepresenting yourself and claiming to be someone you are not?
12. In our interview last week, you claimed to own six mines, many executive cars and a helicopter. Do you still stand by those claims?
13. In this whole rigmarole, what evidence do you have to prove all the claims you have made?
I think he likes attention and unfortunately no one is intrested
May 14, 2012, 4:36 AM, chankosie
This story only reveals that the Times reporters and editors are experts at hacking e-mail accounts and this means that they will do anything to create controversy out of lies! They should just let Prince Omari or whatever his real name is go on national radio and television to explain himself. Sesidziniwe ngulamanga enu nalo Omari wenu!
May 14, 2012, 4:36 AM, Mbongeni
I wonder why dis guy is doing this. Thanks so much Times 4 the job kip it up guys /niyawati umsebenti wenu.
May 14, 2012, 4:36 AM, nhlanhla mnisi (email@example.com)
We have no real matters to discuss, I might be worng but this is nonsense!
May 14, 2012, 4:36 AM, Tammy Dlamini (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I just want to thank the Times for tracking this fraudster. We are tired of people frauding and scheming people and therefore looking for relation in our country. This Omari is a liar and was thinking he will get away with taking people's money and then claim to be a Dlamini. NEVER BRO!
May 14, 2012, 8:31 AM, thuli (email@example.com)
Cha kukhulu leta nako lo Omari. watch the space!!!
May 14, 2012, 8:31 AM, Wamkewe Vilakazi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I knew something was not right with Omari the first day I read about him in Drum. I really wonder why he went so far with all this lies. But anyway people wil do anything just to be famous. He must b happy now that he got all de attention he so much needed. Thanks for nothing fake Omari!!
May 14, 2012, 8:31 AM, Acty Tee (email@example.com)
First it was Stansley Kaseke who tried to defraud Philile and now this so called Omari. Really whats happening with these foreigners trying to defraud Swazi's. Beve kutsi kunemali yini lakangwane lo akunamali siyatihluphekela. Omari should be tubed lemaphoyiseni. Kantsi lelishubhu lisebenta kulabanani.
May 14, 2012, 8:31 AM, Mfulongashi
First of all I like to thank The Times of Swaziland for doing a thorough research about this fake Omari. This person wants nothing but attention for his own missions. He just wants to create an unpurposeful controversy for Swazi's especially the Royalty. How can you claim to be someone you are not? He even has guts to go to Drum Magazine and make such claims. This man has got to be ashamed of all the lies he has just told. Man stop denying who you are and just accept that you are a SANGWENI and leave the Swazi's out of it. Thank you..
May 14, 2012, 12:09 PM, Landaba (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Yewena Omari pls stop playing with the Swazis, Are you joking?
May 14, 2012, 12:09 PM, Trevor Dlamini (trevordlamini180@gmail)
Is it due to lack of stories Times? There are more constructive stories you may write rather than this guy who is of no benefit to us. UTASISITA NGANI? If he is a Dlamini, Sangweni or both then So what! Ye OMari, you are not a celeb, so we aint interested in you.
May 14, 2012, 12:09 PM, THABO AUBREY MTHESH (email@example.com)
Ooooh omario......... you need to be rehabilited... and tell the ANC to give you your true identity!
May 14, 2012, 3:52 PM, vusimuzi aaron dlamini (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am sick and tired of reading about this guy on our dailies, does this mean we do not have serious news to make headlines. Please guys we are tired, after all they are denying him so what? If he commited a crime in whatever way let the law take its course. As a country we have serious concerns than this.
May 14, 2012, 4:31 PM, Mrise Khwanati (email@example.com)
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