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Monarchical democracy from heaven – King

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image His Majesty the King signs a billboard during the opening of the Trade Fair.

MANZINI – In the 1800s, King Somhlolo had a vision, which many Swazis still talk about, passionately, to this day. It was about the future of the country and what the nation had to do to survive while the world changed.

Somhlolo’s vision specifically addressed two issues: money and Christianity. His Majesty the King has also had a vision. As he had it, clouds gathered, a heavy wind blew and lightning struck. His Majesty revealed this to the nation yesterday, as he opened the 2013 International Trade Fair. His Majesty revealed, yesterday, that he had a vision, in which a new name for the Tinkhundla system was shown to him. The king said in the vision, he was shown a new name for the Tinkhundla system of governance. The revelation also came with a definition of what could be described as a new form of democracy. The king said the system should now be known as Monarchical Democracy. He said the name came to him in the same vision on Friday night, when he was with Myles Munroe, the famous bishop from the Bahamas, a country in the Islandic nations. Munroe arrived in the country early this week. He was a special guest of His Majesty at yesterday’s event. The king said the revelation came to him during the time when strange weather occurred on Friday night. He said the vision came to him when lightning struck on a winter night that generally had neither clouds nor rain.He said the lightning occurred while he tried to comprehend what was happening – and that was when he saw the new name of the Swazi democracy. His Majesty said the name also came with a clear definition of a democratic system which would be a redefinition of the Swazi Tinkhundla system of governance. He said with this new name for the system, it would now be easier to define to the international community. “When we travel internationally, they ask us about the Tinkhundla system of governance and we have always had difficulty defining and explaining it,” he said. He said he had difficulty because he did not have relevant terminology to define and explain the word Tinkhundla. Therefore, the vision was helpful in that it brought a new term and a definition of the system, which he described as broad-based and dependent on the ballot (voting). According to Section 79 of the Constitution of Swaziland, the system of government is democratic and participatory based on Tinkhundla. The system emphasises on the devolution of state power from central government to Tinkhundla while individual merit is a basis for election and appointment into public office. The king said the new name was good because when he travelled overseas, the international community always asked him about Tinkhundla. He said Monarchical Democracy was a new system which was unique to Africa and Swaziland. He describes it as a reinvention of the Tinkhundla system. He said this democracy was special because it defined a system formed by merging the will of the people with the monarch. He said in this system, people cast votes on a ballot box to decide leaders from community level. These leaders then work with the monarch in governing the country. His Majesty said the new system was such that it ensured that the King worked with the people who were freely elected by the people in the leadership of the country. He said there were many ideologies of democracy in the world but with the Monarchical Democracy, Swaziland presented to the world a system that was home-grown and could be adopted and used by any country. “This is a home-grown African ideology and the world should embrace it,” he said to loud shouts of `Bayethe!’(All hail the King). He said judging from the impressive turnout during the elections where 90 per cent of the adult population of voting age went to the polls, the Monarchical democracy system was the best in the world. He believes Swazis love the system and have expressed their support for it by coming out in huge numbers to vote. The King expressed his wish that the nation would continue to vote in numbers even in the forthcoming secondary elections on September 20. EBC tells King: we were ill-prepared for elections

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