August 5, 2010 / 7:03 PM / in 8 years

Swazi minister quits after allegation of royal affair

MBABANE, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Swazi justice minister Ndumiso Mamba, the right-hand-man of King Mswati III, has resigned, the government said on Thursday, after a dissident group said he had an affair with one of the absolute monarch’s wives.

The dissident group, Swaziland Solidarity Network, said last week that Mamba had been having an affair with 23-year-old Inkhosikati LaDube, one of Mswati’s 14 wives, and was netted in a police sting at a luxury hotel owned by Mswati.

“There is a story that has gone far which is currently being circulated ...The story touches on the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Ndumiso Mamba,” Prime Minister Banarbas Sibusiso Dlamini told a news briefing.

“Mamba had opted to resign as both Senator and Minister of Justice ...to allow the matter to be considered by the appropriate authorities,” he said.

Dlamini did not give any details of the case or accept questions on the subject.

Mswati — who was on a two-week official visit to Taiwan when the story broke — is frequently criticised by human rights groups as a dictator who runs the country of a million people as his own personal fiefdom.

Sandwiched between South Africa and Mozambique, Swaziland won independence from Britain in 1968 but has been without a constitution since 1973. Political parties are banned and the king appoints the government. (Reporting Charles Matsebula; Writing by Olivia Kumwenda; Editing by Peter Graff)

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