The Prime Minister of Eswatini, Ambrose Mandvullo Dlamini, has died in hospital after testing positive for the novel coronavirus and been hospitalized few weeks ago.
His death will make him the first head of government the country to die from COVID-19.
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“His Excellency passed away this afternoon while receiving medical treatment at a South African hospital,” said Deputy Prime Minister Temba Masuku on Sunday evening. “Let his soul rest in peace.”
Dlamini who was 52-years-old said on November 15 that he had tested positive for COVID-19. He was initially asymptomatic but developed mild symptoms over the next few days and was admitted to hospital on November 23.
Earlier this month, Masuku said the prime minister was in “stable condition” and “responding well to treatment”, although he was ready to be taken to a hospital in South Africa.
He was born on 5 March 1968 in Mbekelweni (Manzini region), His great grandfather, Prince Malunge, was an uncle to King Sobhuza II.
Dlamini got married to Portia Thwala-Dlamini, and they had three children. He graduated from what was then the University of Swaziland and obtained an MBA at Hampton University.
Dlamini worked in the banking sector for more than 18 years, including as managing director of Nedbank from 2003 to 2010.
From 2010 to 2018 he was the CEO of the telecommunications company MTN Eswatini, part of the South African MTN Group.