A.T also got award from Rudy King
By SIBONGILE SUKATI on October 13,2010
Swazi TImes


MBABANE — Former Prime Minister Absalom Themba Dlamini was also the recipient of an award from the controversial Dr Rudolph King in 2007.
This is the same man who awarded the current PM, Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini, last week, in the Bahamas although the award was said to be for the country. On October 13, 2007, Dlamini travelled to the Caribbean Islands, where he was given an award by the King Foundation.
When he received the award, he said the King Foundation was an organisation whose primary focus was dealing with humanitarian issues ranging from health and HIV/AIDS to scholarships and other issues.
Among the awardees was former Mozambican President, Joachim Chissano, Pastor Michael Beckwith of Agape Ministries, Reverend Shepton and Dr Justice Akrof of Ghana.
Dlamini had also invited the King Foundation to set up an office in Swaziland.
The controversy then was that the then PM had travelled with his former spiritual advisor, Pastor Phila Mathunjwa, whom he flew to the Bahamas in business class, which cost E39 000.
Courtesy pictures from Dlamini, published in the Times SUNDAY, show the former PM posing with Dr King and Chissano during the awards ceremony.
At that time, the ex-PM was also quoted as saying soon enough members of the foundation would be visiting Swaziland to finalise the setting up of an office.
"I am humbled for being identified as one of the people to deserve the award and I am dedicating it to the Swazi nation as my efforts would not have been recognised had I not been serving the Swazi nation," Dlamini was quoted saying during a press conference on his return from the Bahamas trip. On that trip, Dlamini also met with the Bahamian Prime Minister, Hubert Ingram.
According to one of the websites, the awards were also called the Salute to Greatness Awards and Dlamini and five other guests were invited to attend the awards which were held at the Wyndham Nascu Resort and Casino. A letter from Dr King to Dlamini and the other awardees said they were going to receive the Global Award of Excellence.
The objective of the awards, according to the website in 2007, was to "herald the accomplishments of persons who have made numerous contributions to humankind. Those who had demonstrated total community involvement and global respect for significantly enhancing the quality of life for all". It said the founder of the organisation was Dr Rudolph King and the objective of the group was for educational funding purposes and to engage in activities to facilitate grants to primary and high schools, colleges and universities around the world.
It said the group would operate exclusively for charitable purposes on educational matters.
The Times SUNDAY last week reported that King was quite a controversial figure in America and the Bahamas and a federal jury in the US charged him with filing a false E19 million claim with the Internal Revenue Service. He was jailed in 2007.
It was reported that he tried to bestow the same award on Thabo Mbeki, the former President of South Africa and Archbishop Desmond Tutu but was turned down. Contacted for comment, Dlamini said he was out of the country and could not respond to questions about the authenticity of the awards.
The acting Prime Minister, Themba Masuku, said it was best the PM himself addressed the matter, upon his return from the Africa-Arab Summit this week.