Mswati appeared to endorse calls for donations when he said: "People tend to cry when they have to make sacrifices, but I would like to urge you to make sacrifices like Jesus Christ, who left heaven and came to Earth to die for our sins."Opposition and pro-democracy groups are outraged and have suggested that the party should be cancelled.
In the past few months, Swaziland has faced a series of protests after a financial crisis that saw government cut pensions, fail to pay civil servants, cancel scholarships, fail to pay schools, leave clinics running out of medications, etc. Last week, a 14% sales tax was introduced. Approximately half the population lives below the poverty line and 25% of adults are living with HIV/AIDS.