Eswatini has lower agricultural production and economic growth than neighboring countries. The country has averaged only 2.8% GDP growth since 2001. The country’s exports are also facing challenges. Eswatini’s finances are in shambles due to rising costs despite declining revenues.
There are only 12 public ambulances in the country. The wealth of the country is concentrated in a few businessmen. Educational facilities are also less. According to a report by National Geographic, 63% of people in the country live below the poverty line.
Monarchy in Eswatini. King Mswati III has ruled since 1986. There is also a tradition here that is unheard of anywhere in the world. It is an annual ceremony called Umalanga. In this the king chooses a new wife from thousands of unmarried women. It is considered as a traditional way of culture here.
But there were severe criticisms against it. This is considered a violation of women’s rights. It was also interpreted as a way for the king to maintain power and control over the people. It was alleged in 2019 that the king spent Rs 175 crore on cars including Rolls Royce for his 15 wives. There has been a strong public anger in this country for days against the King’s extravagance when the country is in abject poverty.
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