The king of Swaziland and leader of the Kingdom of Eswatini, King Mswati III, has debunked reports making the rounds, both in the local and foreign media platforms, that he ordered the men in the kingdom to marry five wives or face jail term.
A statement made available on Monday by Government Spokesperson, Percy Simelane, said there was no such order.
The statement, as seen on Bulawayo24.com, said the purported report was an insult to the monarchy and a disgrace to journalism.
According to the statement, “The current dispatch titled marry more wives or face jail quoting the King are not only an insult to the monarchy but a disgrace to journalism.
“His majesty has not made any pronouncement to that effect and it has never been an issue raised by Emaswatini.”
Reports had emerged alleging the king had ordered the men in the kingdom to marry five wives or face jail term.
The purported report had claimed that the king made the order following the increase in the number of female virgins in the kingdom.
The report had claimed that the government would assist the men by paying for the marriage ceremonies as well as buy houses for them.
The report had claimed that the king himself has 15 wives and 25 children.
But in the statement issued by the government spokesperson, it said the said report was malicious.