New Era (Windhoek)

24 July 2012

Namibia: King Mswati III Visits Namibia

Windhoek — His Majesty, King Mswati III of Swaziland, accompanied by First Lady Queen Nomsa LaMatsebula, is expected in Namibia from today on an official state visit that ends on Saturday.

Mswati and Queen LaMatsebula will hold official talks with President Hifikepunye Pohamba and are also expected to visit several businesses in the country, among them Ohorongo, Seawork Fish Processors, NamPort and Walvis Bay Salt Refiners.

He was born on April 19, 1968 as the second of 67 sons of the elderly King Sobhuza II and the only child of Queen Ntombi Tfwala, one of the king's 70 wives.

Mswati's birth name was Makhosetive, meaning 'King of all nations' and he remains the last absolute monarch in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Four months after his birth, Swaziland obtained independence from Britain.

When King Sobhuza II died in 1982 the 14-year-old prince Makhosetive was chosen to be the next king.

While Makhosetive continued his education in England and South Africa, two wives of King Sobhuza II served as regents.

Queen Dzeliwe Shongwe's regency lasted from 1982 to 1983, while Queen Ntombi Tfwala's lasted from 1983 to 1986.

Makhosetive was crowned Mswati III - King of Swaziland on April 25, 1986 at the age of 18 and became the youngest ruling monarch in the world. He rules the tiny kingdom of Swaziland.

Mswati III currently has 13 wives. The royal couple return to Swaziland on Saturday.

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