Tuesday, June 24, 2003

See? The Republicans aren't so bad . . .

Ruler Implores Political Candidates not to Engage in Ritual Murder

"'[King Mswati III of Swaziland] sternly warned prospective candidates not to murder innocent people in order to harvest their body parts to make a 'muti' to bring good fortune. 'During election times, we tend to lose our grandmothers, grandfathers and young children. They just disappear. But I want to warn you all that you should not resort to ritual murder,' Mswati said. Addressing more than 15 000 people at Ludzidzini Royal Village, 20km east of Mbabane, the king emphasised: 'Don't do that, because you might get caught and then you will not achieve your dream of going to Parliament.' ... Before the last parliamentary poll in 1998, the number of corpses with missing body parts discovered in rural or peri-urban areas increased from the usual three or four a year to more than a dozen. ... Mswati wants the first Parliament under a new constitutional dispensation to be elected without homicide, and is urging candidates to stick to conventional means of campaigning.' "

In a related story, leaders implored Trent Lott to stop the ritual sacrifice of swamp rats for his toupees

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