The dream of most women is to meet a man of their dream and ride off into the sunset to have a happily ever after with no interference but for the women of Swaziland, they may have to share their dream man with another woman or women as the case may be.

According to multiple reports, the King of Swaziland, King Mswati III three years ago in June 2019 made a declaration that men should marry at least five or more wives or face jail. According to Eswatini news agency, IHarare, men from Swaziland are required and expected to take more wives so that every woman gets a husband.

The monarch noted that there are more women than men in Swaziland which according to the King is a very serious problem for a country known to be full of virgins. His train of thought has however been criticised by many quarters who say women are still being regarded as sex objects yet marriage should be the ultimate goal for social acceptance.

King Mswati himself has 15 wives and 23 children, while his father and predecessor had more than 70 wives and 150+ children. In a statement, King Mswati allegedly called for all men in the country to marry at least five wives and the government assured the men that it would pay for the marriage ceremonies and buy houses for them.

“Here’s the deal, marry at least five wives and you’re assured that the government will pay for the marriage ceremonies and buy houses for them.”

King Mswati warned that any man or woman who opposes the decision “will face a life sentence”.

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