Times of Swaziland
26 July 2008
King tells bogogo to vote for each other
By SIHLE MAVUSO
NGABEZWENI- His Majesty King Mswati III has advised elderly people to vote for one another in the up-coming national elections.
Speaking at Engabezweni Royal Residence where elderly people paid him a courtesy call yesterday, the king told the close to 5 000 elderly people that they should consider supporting each other in the coming national elections so that they are also represented in Parliament.
He said the country is in dire need for old people in influential positions and he urged the elderly to make it a point that they vote for one another.
"It is really encouraging to note that elderly people have also registered and their figures are really high. So I advise you to make it a point that you vote for one another so that you are represented in Parliament," he said.
He mentioned that elders should not look down upon themselves and think that parliament is for the young and energetic.
"We need your vast knowledge on issues in Parliament for the betterment of this country," he said.
He mentioned that he would also make it a point to call the elderly from time to time so that they advise him on other national issues.
"Elders are closer to God and the ancestors because some things are now forbidden to them thus it is very important that I also consider having a forum with elderly people of this country to get good advice and the knowledge that has helped you reach your respective ages," he said.
He also thanked the elderly people for the gifts, which they showered him and the Indlovukazi with yesterday.
Over 5000 elderly from the four regions of the country paid a courtesy visit to the king just to thank him for the grants and many other things, which he has done for them.
Amongst the gifts they presented Their Majesties were sleeping mats, wooden bowls, chickens and food.