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.
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- “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.
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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.
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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.
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