MBABANE: Prince Sihlangusemphi, the National Chief Defense Officer is currently admitted at Mbabane clinic after testing positive to COVID-19.
According to classified documents in possession of this Swaziland News, Dlamini(57) was rushed to the clinic at around 12midnight on Thursday, he arrived at 12:29am in the early morning hours on Friday and his medical bill would be paid for by SwaziMed.
Other details of the admission and health situation of the Prince as per documentary evidence in our possession cannot be revealed for ethical and security reasons.
When this journalist made an undercover call to a close family member to verify the information, he confirmed that the Prince was admitted at the clinic but clarified that he was responding well to treatment.
“It’s true, he is currently admitted at the clinic but responding well to treatment”, said the family member.
Efforts to reach Prince Hlangusempi, a former Minister of Economic Planning and Development proved unsuccessful at the time of compiling this report, his phone rang unanswered.
Dlamini was on 01 April 2019, appointed by King Mswati as National Chief Defense Officer, a position equivalent to that of Defense Minister, he had been working closely with Army Commander Jeffery Shabalala in deploying soldiers to shoot and kill dozens of civilians during the recent protests as per King Mswati’s order.
But the King, when addressing the Nation during Sibaya on 16th July 2021, denied unleashing soldiers on unarmed civilians saying protestors killed each other.
Eswatini, a tiny Kingdom situated in Southern Africa is simultaneously facing a political crisis and a surge in COVID-19 cases, on Friday Health Minister Lizzie Nkosi confirmed 980 new cases and 8 new deaths. This then brings the total number of confirmed cases to 30,377 and 835 deaths with 22796 recoveries.
Reached for comments, Welcome Mdluli, the President of the Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union(SWADNU) confirmed that the country was facing a health crisis that came with the surge in confirmed cases, he said it shouldn’t be a secret when a high profile person tests positive to COVID-19.
“It shouldn't be a secret that a high profile person has tested positive to COVID-19 and we don’t expect them to be treated in expensive private hospitals after they destroyed the health system. They must just declare that they are sick so that they can get the necessary support. This problem has been created by Government’s lack of commitment to address the health crisis in the country and the various public hospitals are facing a shortage of working equipment including drugs”,said the Nurses President.
On or around January 2021, Senator Themba Masuku, the then Acting Prime Minister announced that Government has budgeted R200million for the purchasing of COVID-19 vaccines, however, his statement was subsequently followed by one excuse after another, the vaccines were never procured.
‘Defense Minister’ Prince Sihlangusemphi