The Prime Minister of Eswatini, Ambrose Dlamini, became the latest high profile, African leader, to pass away from coronavirus after he tested positive for the disease 4 weeks ago.
This was disclosed by the Government of Eswatini, and reported by Reuters on Sunday evening. Dlamini died at the age of 52 after a brief hospitalization in South Africa.
- “Their Majesties have commanded that I inform the Nation of the sad and untimely passing away of His Excellency, the Prime Minister, Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini. His Excellency passed on this afternoon while under medical care in a hospital in South Africa,” Deputy Prime Minister, Themba Masuku, said in a statement.
- “Government in collaboration with the family will keep the nation informed of subsequent arrangements,” he added.
Eswatini, formerly Swaziland, is an absolute monarchy. Ambrose Dlamini was appointed as Prime Minister in November 2018. He was also CEO of MTN Eswatini and had an executive position at Nedbank.
What you should know
- Eswatini has recorded over 6,700 cases of the virus so far and 127 deaths.
- Nairametrics reported last week that the WHO had stated that the distribution of vaccines was the best medium to end the spread of the coronavirus in Africa.
- The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) announced on Saturday that the number of overall COVID-19 cases in the continent stood at 2,343,128, while recoveries were at 2,010,127 so far.