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Eswatini prime minister dies of Covid-19

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In a true showing of how indiscriminate it is, the coronavirus (Covid-19) claimed the life of Eswatini Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini, among hundreds of others, on Sunday.

Eswatini prime minister dies of Covid-19

As reported by eNCA, Dlamini contracted the virus four weeks ago. At first, it was said that he was ‘asymptomatic’ and responding well to treatment. However, the prime minister’s health quickly deteriorated and he was flown to a private hospital in South Africa, where he died at the age of 52.

Dlamini has served Eswatini as prime minister since November 2018. Before that, he had built a solid reputation as chief executive of MTN, using his two-decade-old experience in the banking sector to steer the telecommunications giant in the lead as Africa’s most accessible network.

Ramaphosa pays tribute to Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini

President Cyril Ramaphosa paid tribute to the 52-year-old in a statement, describing Eswatini’s prime minister as “a leader who took pride in leading and representing his nation.”

“His untimely passing is also a tragic reminder of the indiscriminate harm that is in our midst in the form [of] COVID-19. May his soul rest in peace,” he wrote.

Dlamini’s body will be transported to Eswatini before any more information on burial arrangements is released.

Currently, the country’s interim prime minister is Themba Masuku.