Swazi PM’s World Citizen Award a hoax

The World Citizen Award, which is to be given to the Swazi Prime Minister for his “exemplary contributions to peace and human rights”, has received widespread coverage in the Swazi media as well as on various websites and Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini is all set to go to the Bahamas to receive the award, according to a statement from the Swazi Government Press Secretary Macanjana Motsa; “cabinet has approved that His Excellency the Right Honourable Prime Minister accepts this award”.

According to one of the persons alleged to be a board member of the World Citizen Award  that is to be presented to Swazi Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini, Peter Bell, the World Citizen Award is a hoax, however. “I regret to say that you and I – among others – have been victims of a hoax”, Peter Bell, a senior research fellow at Harvard, commented in a reply to an email sent to him yesterday by Danish organisation Africa Contact. The hoax is that the award is not given by the alleged board members of the World Citizen Award, but that the recipients of the awards are in effect paying to receive a bogus award. There has as of yet been no response to the claims that the award is a hoax from the Swazi government, nor has there been any statements from the World Citizen Award organisation.

According to Morten Nielsen from Africa Contact, an organisation that has followed the political developments in Swaziland for over ten years, ”it is unbelievable that the Swazi government would fall for such a hoax as they must be well aware of their appalling human rights record. According to the widely recognized Mo Ibrahim Index, that rates countries according to indicators such as human rights records and governance, Swaziland ranks a dismal 45th out of 53 African countries in the category of participation and human rights. Incidentally, this is just above Zimbabwe”.

Links:

Swazi PM still denies award is a con, Swazi Media Commentary, 22 October 2010

Ret blikket mod Swaziland, Søren Pind, the Danish Foreign Ministries magazine, Udvikling, October/November 2010 (page 23)

Swazi PM Dlamini is conned again, Swazi Media Commentary, 15 October 2010

PM says award is legitimate, Times of Swaziland, 15 October 2010

I’m not perfect – Rudy King, Times of Swaziland, 11 October 2010

PM got award from conman, Times of Swaziland, 10 October

Swazi PM accepts con man’s medal, Swazi Media Commentary, 5 October 2010

PM honoured in Bahames, Times of Swaziland, 5 October 2010

Rudy King defends award to Swazi PM, The Tribune, 4 October 2010

Former Swazi PM was also conned, Swazi Media Commentary, 4 October 2010

Swazi PM scam: ‘Heads must roll’, Swazi Media Commentary, 3 October 2010

PM’s humanitarian award a hoax?, Swazi Observer, 2 October 2010

Mystery surrounds award for Swazi prime minister, Mail & Guardian, 2 October 2010

Has the Prime Minister been fooled with his award?, Times of Swaziland, 2 October 2010

Regierungschef von Swaziland erhält dubiosen Menschenrechtspreis, TT.com, 2 October 2010

World outrage at Rudy King award, The Tribune, 2 October 2010

Mystery surrounds humanitarian award for Swazi PM, Fox News, 1 October

Mystery surrounds humanitarian award for Swazi PM, The Tribune, 1 October 2o10

Swazi PM fell for con man, Swazi Media Commentary, 1 October 2010

Rudy ‘Rip-Off’ King in new scam, Bahamas News, 1 October 2010

Swazi PM medal bogus – official, Swazi Media Commentary, 1 October 2010

Mystery surrounds humanitarian award for Swazi PM, CBS News, 1 October 2010

PM’s human rights award ‘a hoax’, Swazi Media Commentary, 29 September 2010

 

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