A Swazi Member of Parliament has urged the government to hike taxes on traditional healers and soothsayers to help solve a funding crisis in Africa’s last absolute monarchy.
The mediums, known as sangomas in the landlocked southern African nation, pay an annual $1.15 license fee, but MP Majahodvwa Khumalo said they had jacked up their fees fourfold in the last few years and should pay more…
Swaziland’s budget deficit ballooned to 15 percent of its annual economic output in 2010 but the government managed to keep itself afloat by running through central bank reserves and delaying payment of wages to civil servants.
The International Monetary Fund declined to launch a bailout because of reluctance by King Mswati III, who has at least a dozen wives and a personal fortune estimated at $200 million, to cut royal or military spending.
Well, they asked him to do twice as much as would satisfy most Americans. We don’t have any royals to get rid of.
Excepting the ones in Congress, that is.
Five people were given long prison terms for using threats from witch doctors to force young Guatemalan women into prostitution, officials in Los Angeles said.
The defendants, members of an extended family from Guatemala, used threats of physical violence to keep the women in line, including threats of curses delivered by witch doctors, officials said.
“There were at least 10 victims who were forced into becoming prostitutes under a variety of threats, as well as actual physical attacks that included rapes,” U.S. Attorney Tom O’Brien said.
The release said the suspects lured the women to the Los Angeles area and forced them work long hours while keeping nearly all the money they earned. The women were also locked in at night to prevent them from escaping.
Sounds like the next excuse that will be used by a Republican politician caught peddling sexual favors.