KING PLEADS FOR PRAYER OVER LOSS OF HIS RIGHT-HAND MEN
His Majesty King Mswati III has requested the nation to pray with him over the loss of the country’s pillars.
The King made this plea while sending condolences to the late former Army Commander Brigadier Fonono Dube, who was laid to rest yesterday morning at Mbanana cemetery. The King was speaking through his representative Bishop Samson Hlatshwako who said Their Majesties were saddened by the loss of a person of Dube’s calibre who was defined as a pillar together with the late Ludzidzini Royal Residence Acting Governor Timothy Velabo Mtetwa, who passed on in October. “The King appeals for prayers as his pillars are falling as he is wondering as to who he will remain with as not long ago one of his men Mtetwa passed on and now its Dube and these were the men he trusted,” said Hlatshwako.
He then sent condolences to the families, the army and the nation for such a loss, saying they should learn from the two elderly men who had passed on, noting that they were humble and respectful. Their Majesties said such were the recipe for living longer and peaceful departure and implored the youth to follow suit. On the other hand, Army Commander Sobantu Dlamini, who was represented by Lieutenant General Lenford Dlamini, after sending condolences to Their Majesties, the families, army and the nation at large; hailed Dube for his wisdom and vast knowledge. The commander said he was assured that the deceased had imparted knowledge to his children in a similar way as he had done to him (Sobantu). He encouraged the family to live by this knowledge peacefully and follow in Dube’s footsteps of respect, saying such will earn them a long life like their father.
Dlamini then revealed that Dube paid allegiance to the King and his nation, citing an instance where he avoided war with the Afrikaaners when the Ngovuma Camp was established. He said at the time, the Swazi soldiers had disagreements with neighbouring Afrikaaners and the former Prime Minister Prince Maphevu and the first Umbutfo Swaziland Defence Force Army Major General was angered and wanted to wage a war instantly but was halted by Dube.
“Dube questioned Prince Maphevu who was short tempered and ready to wage the war if he was aware who had authority to wage the war. He reminded him that it was the King who was vested with such powers and Maphevu called him a coward but finally backed off after Dube’s advice and that was how his loyalty to the King saved the country from the war,” said Dlamini.