The King of Swaziland, southern Africa, King Mswati III, has reportedly ordered men in his country to marry more than two wives or face Jail
Reports monitored by Naija News, say the King’s order is to take effect from June 2019. If it stands, it means men will be required to marry at least five wives or go to jail.
A statement purportedly released by King Mswati III, called for all men in the country to marry at least five wives, assuring the men that government 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,” the statement added.
King Mswati, who has 15 wives, warned that any man or woman who opposes the decision “will face a life sentence”.
According to Iharare, the order is to ensure every woman gets a husband as it is believed that men taking more wives will help women get husbands.
King Mswati noted that there are more women than men in Swaziland which he said was a very serious problem for a country known to be full of virgins.
It was learned that King Mswati’s order came following the increasing number of virgins and scarcity of men in the country.
This online news platform understands that the Swaziland King has 15 wives and 25 children, while his father and predecessor had more than 70 wives and over 150 children.
Meanwhile, Swaziland is a small, landlocked monarchy in southern Africa. The country is known for its wilderness reserves and festivals showcasing traditional Swazi culture.