He encouraged traditional leaders to do all in their power to prevent infections in rural communities.
“We urge our kings in particular, and traditional leaders in general, to be our eyes and ears on the ground. We expect them to lead from the front to enforce the regulations of the national lockdown in their jurisdictions.
“No permission should be granted for social and sporting activities, including ulwaluko (initiation). Our primary responsibility for now is to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The national lockdown is a decisive measure to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
“Let us put the national interest first by shelving our own selfish interest for now. Covid-19 is real and is spreading fast, hence it is everyone's responsibility to stay at home,” he said.