Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini of Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) has died a month after testing positive for Covid-19.
The 52-year-old, who had been hospitalised in neighbouring South Africa, died on Sunday, 13th December, the monarchy’s government confirmed.
“Their Majesties have commanded that I inform the nation of the sad and untimely passing away of His Excellency, Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini,” Deputy Prime Minister Themba Masuku said in a statement.
“He passed on this afternoon (13th December) while under medical care in a hospital in South Africa.”
The statement detail of the cause of the prime minister’s death.
Dlamini announced in mid-November that he had tested positive for Covid-19, but said that he felt well and was asymptomatic.
The Kingdom of Eswatini has so far reported 6,768 Covid-19 cases, 6379 recoveries, and 127 deaths among its population of 1.2 million people.
Dlamini was appointed prime minister in October 2018. He had no prior experience in government. He was the youngest head of government in Eswatini’s history.
Before that, he was the chief executive officer of MTN Eswatini, having also worked in the banking sector for almost two decades.