Former eSwatini tourism minister tests Covid-19 positive

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By Keiso Mohloboli

The former eSwatini tourism and environmental affairs minister Macford Sibandze has today tested positive for the corona virus.

A 51-year-old Member of Parliament is one of the seven people who tested covid-19 positive, according to the kingdom’s Ministry of Health daily updates.

The ministry’s updates indicate today that out of 72 results received 7 additional cases were recorded bringing the total number of eSwatini Covid-19 cases to 31.

According to the ministry’s update, Sibanze has no history of travel or contact with confirmed case of Covid-19.

“His case is registered as the 25th case, he presented with mild illness and has been treated in local private hospitals,” recorded on health ministry update.

Sibandze was first elected to parliament in 2008 and was appointed minister of tourism in the same year.

He was relieved from ministerial duty in February 2012 amid allegations that he had misappropriated part of E10.5 million (M10.5 million) proceeds from local hotel sold under his ministry. Sibandze has never been charged.

His term as an MP for Manzini North constituency ended in 2013. He was re-elected in 2018 and currently an ordinary MP.

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