Swaziland’s King Mswati III has chosen an 18-year-old beauty pageant contestant as his 14th wife… The king has come under fire for his household’s lavish lifestyle while the tiny mountain kingdom’s 1.2 million people struggle to make a living.
How can someone ruling over such a poor country afford so many wives?
Mswati reportedly has a personal fortune of around $200 million (152 euros) and the UN estimates that 70 percent of his 1.2 million subjects live below the poverty line.
He has steadfastly resisted reforms.
I wonder why?
His situation reminds me of the old joke, ‘What’s the penalty for bigamy?‘ The answer: ‘Two wives.‘