In the year 2016, the government of Swaziland spent E29 million (US$2.4 million) to buy state-of-the-art BMW cars as well as motorbikes. These vehicles were bought for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit. The cars were for the transportation of foreign dignitaries and the motorcycles to be used to provide security by the police. This was however also the last time they were used.
According to Jan Sithole, a member of parliament, as he addressed the House of Assembly on 8th March 2018, was a total show of money wastage by the Government.
Fourteen BMW cars and eighty motorbikes were the total numbers of the high-end vehicles that were bought for the summit. This summit was held in Swaziland when sub-Saharan Africa’s only absolute monarch left (King Mswati III), was the chair of SADC.
Sithole, reportedly by the Swazi Observer newspaper, said that he had advised against the purchasing of the cars to the minister. He had allegedly told them that the idea would be unreasonable and it would have been better to rent them instead.
Another newspaper in Swaziland called ‘The Times Sunday,’ identified in September 2017 that the cars in question were being stored at Matsapha Police College.