Ambrose Dlamini Wiki – Biography
Ambrose Dlamini was a Swazi business executive who served as the tenth Prime Minister of Eswatini from October 2018 until his death in December 2020. Prior to his appointment, he worked in the banking and telecommunications sectors, including as managing director of Nedbank and as CEO of MTN Eswatini.
He graduated from what was then 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.
With a population of about one million, the country has recorded 6,768 coronavirus infections and 127 deaths linked to the pandemic, according to the health ministry.
Dlamini announced he had tested positive for coronavirus on 16 November. At the time, he said he was asymptomatic and was feeling well.
A few weeks later, on 1 December, the Eswatini government said Dlamini had been moved to a hospital in South Africa, with the aim of fast-tracking his recovery.
But on Sunday the government said Dlamini died “while under medical care in a hospital in South Africa”, without giving more details.
“Government in collaboration with the family will keep the nation informed of subsequent arrangements,” Deputy Prime Minister Themba Masuku said in the statement.
Ambrose Dlamini Age
Ambrose Dlamini has died at the age of 52-years-old.
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Family & Siblings
Dlamini was born on 5 March 1968 in Mbekelweni (Manzini region). His great grandfather, Prince Malunge, was an uncle to King Sobhuza II.
Wife & Children
Dlamini was married to Portia Thwala-Dlamini, and they had three children.
Prime Minister of Eswatini
On 27 October 2018, King Mswati III announced in a gathering at the royal kraal at Lobamba that Dlamini would be the country’s next Prime Minister after the 2018 elections; he would succeed Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini, who died the previous month. At the time, Dlamini had no prior experience in government. He was the youngest head of government in Eswatini’s history.
Cause of Death
A government statement said Dlamini, 52, died on Sunday afternoon in hospital in South Africa.
No cause of death was mentioned, but Dlamini had recently been receiving treatment for Covid-19 in South Africa.
Dlamini had been prime minister of Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, since October 2018.
The tiny landlocked country in southern Africa is one of the last absolute monarchies in the world.
Dlamini tested positive for COVID-19 on 15 November 2020 and was hospitalized eight days later after developing mild symptoms. He was transferred to a hospital in South Africa in early December, when Deputy Prime Minister Themba Masuku said he was in stable condition and responding to treatment. He died there on 13 December at the age of 52. According to the Constitution of Eswatini, Masuku will serve as acting prime minister for a maximum period of three months.
Their Majesties announce the sad passing of His Excellency the Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini. pic.twitter.com/6alMuSN8oo
— Eswatini Government (@EswatiniGovern1) December 13, 2020
Dlamini was among a number world leaders to have contracted Covid-19 during the pandemic, including US President Donald Trump, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
Have any world leaders died of Covid-19?
Many presidents, prime ministers and royal family members around the world have contracted Covid-19 since the pandemic began, however there is no confirmed case of any figures dying of the virus while in office.
Former French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing died of complications from coronavirus this month. India’s former president Pranab Mukherjee died 21 days after testing positive in August. The two men were 94 and 84 years old, respectively.
Republic of Congo’s former president Jacques Joaquim Yhombi-Opango died of complications from the illness in March. He was 81.
A former banker, Dlamini was a political novice when he was appointed prime minister by King Mswati III.
The head of government’s role is limited in Eswatini, where the king names all ministers and controls parliament.
King Mswati III was crowned in 1986 at the age of 18, succeeding his long-serving father King Sobhuza II, who died at the age of 82.
The king rules by decree and has been criticised for the heavy-handed treatment of opponents and for requesting public money to pay for new palaces and luxury cars.
In 2018 he announced he was renaming the country “the Kingdom of Eswatini”.
More than 39% of the country’s population lived below the poverty line in 2016 and 2017, according to the World Bank.