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MBABANE – The country yesterday woke up to shocking news on the passing on of Inkhosikati Senteni LaMasango. 

The Inkhosikati, who was the seventh wife of His Majesty King Mswati III, is said to have died in the early hours of yesterday while at her royal residence.
Acting Ludzidzini Governor Lusendvo Fakudze confirmed the sad news in a brief interview with this publication.

“Yes, it is true that Inkhosikati has passed away. There will be a vigil tomorrow (today) and she will be laid to rest on Sunday (tomorrow),” he said.
The Indvuna mentioned that those who wished to comfort the Masango family could do so freely.
Later, Fakudze made a public announcement on national radio, the Swaziland Broadcasting and Informati

on Services (SBIS), informing the nation of the sad passing away within the royal family.
In the detailed announcement, Fakudze explained that the vigil would be held at Ludzidzini Royal Residence. “She will then be laid to rest on Sunday as per the dictates of the Dlamini family custom,” Fakudze added.
The Dlaminis are usually laid to rest in the early hours in a special enclosure on a mountain top.

Verbatim, Fakudze announced: “Nine bekunene kwatisa bantfwabenkosi nebakaMasango ekhabo nina kutsi Inkhosikati LaMasango ayisekho emhlabeni. Umsebenti wayo utawuba eLudzidzini. NgeMgcibelo kutoba nemlindzelo bese ifihlwa ngeliSontfo ngelisiko leMalangeni. Ngalesimemetelo kwatiswa sonkhe sive.”

When the publication visited the royal residence yesterday, preparations for the funeral were already underway.
Those found at the residence spoke about the death in hushed tones while others were still reeling in shock.
Some members of the regiments who were to attend ummemo in South Africa had to cancel their trip. One member was overheard saying, “Yonkhe imisebenti yelive imisiwe ngoba live limnyama.”
This is loosely translated: “All national duties have been halted because the country has been engulfed by a dark cloud.”

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