King Mswati is not yet ready to participate in public events, both nationally and internationally, because he is observing the Incwala traditional rites.
The Incwala ceremony requires him to be out of the public eye between November and February.
His first appearance will be in three weeks’ time when he is expected to officially open the 5th session of the 10th Parliament of Swaziland.
He will be represented by Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini at the AU meeting that kicks off in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on January 28. Dlamini left Mbabane for Ethiopia on Thursday night.
Dlamini will join other heads of state and government as they discuss issues around corruption and governance, the state of peace in Africa, health, and progress on climate change.
The summit is being held under the theme "Winning the fight against corruption".