King of poverty-stricken African nation buys 19 Rolls Royces worth Rs. 175 crores for ‘his wives’ [Video]

Living life king size! We all have heard that statement many times but in the present days, we don’t see many kings around to get inspired. Well, meet Mswati III – the King of Eswatini, formerly Swaziland and head of the Swazi Royal Family. The King of the poverty-stricken small African nation splurged massive money to buy as many as 19 Rolls Royce sedans. The King reported spent $24.4 million that roughly translates into Rs 1.9 crore! a few days later, he received the delivery of 120 BMWs! The King has fifteen wives and Rolls Royce sedans is a gift for each wife. We are not sure what purpose the other BMWs and Rolls Royce will serve.

This King lives the life oversize. He has 15 children and he owns hundreds of cars and not to mention that he has one of the greatest garages in Eswatini and one of the greatest in the world. The garage is already filled with 20 Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman, a Maybach 62 and a BMW X6. There are many other cars too. That’s not it, the King also owns a few private jets that are at his disposal. The exact Rolls Royce cars ordered by the King are not known but four trucks were spotted with a mix of Ghost, Phantom and one Cullinan.

Splurging money and living a life that most of us can only dream is great but not when the country is poverty-stricken. Eswatini is a small country landlocked between South Africa and Mozambique. The latest spending spree from the richest man of the country and attracted a lot of attention on the international circuit. The king has been criticised for ignoring the people of the country and spending an excessive amount of money on luxury items.

The opposition party of Eswatini – People’s United Democratic Movement released a statement about the king,

Last week (early November), a total of 19 Rolls-Royce cars were delivered to Swaziland for the exclusive use of the king, his mother and his wives. To say this is a blatant display of arrogance and total disregard of the poor people of Swaziland’s feelings by the monarch would be an understatement. As a party we are least concerned about how many wives and children he has. The big issue is that the national purse has to take care of someone’s children when ordinarily in modern politics there is supposed to be a separation between his private resources and the public purse. The Swazi political system is meant to serve the monarchy and its cronies, not the people.

Prime Minister of Eswatini, Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini, has justified the buying spree and has said that the buying of the new case confirmed to the official policy of the kingdom. The rule says that the Kings’ vehicles older than 5 yeas years had to be replaced with new ones. It should be noted that 63% of the people of the country live below the poverty line and there is a huge divide of income between the poor and the richest.