President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to King Mswati III and the people of Eswatini following the death of the country’s Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini.

The 52-year-old Prime Minister died while undergoing treatment in a South African hospital. International Media Reuters reported that Dlamini had positive for COVID-19 four weeks ago. Dlamini is then said to have been moved to South Africa on Dec.1, to “guide and fast track his recovery,” from COVID-19.

Deputy Prime Minister Themba Masuku said in a statement announcing the passing on of his boss, said:

“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”.

In his message of encouragement and comfort to King Mswati, President Uhuru Kenyatta said Kenya stands with the people of Eswatini as they mourn their departed leader.

“Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini was an industrious and devoted leader who was committed to improving the wellbeing of his fellow countrymen. It is unfortunate that we have lost such a great leader at a time like this.

“We will forever cherish his contribution to human development especially in the banking and telecommunication sectors where he served successfully for many years before becoming Prime Minister,” President Kenyatta said in his condolence message to King Mswati III.

President Kenyatta assured the King and the people of Eswatini that Kenya stands with them at this difficult period of mourning.

“May the Almighty God comfort the Prime Minister’s family and the people of Eswatini as they mourn their kin and leader”, he said.

Dlamini was appointed prime minister in November 2018, following his position as the chief executive officer of MTN Eswatini. He had worked in the banking industry for more than 18 years, including being managing director of Eswatini Nedbank Limited.