MBABANE:One cause of death but two different funeral arrangements with the other completely disregarding COVID-19 regulations. Latest pictures of Public Service Minister Christian Ntjangase's State funeral raise more suspicion regarding Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini's cause of death whose funeral, unlike that of Ntjangase, was not conduct in line with COVID-19 regulations. Speaking to this publication in an earlier interview, Bheki Mamba, a health expert and President of the Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union (SWADNU) said the whole funeral of the late Prime Minister suggests that he didn't die of COVID-19. "That was not a funeral for a person who died due to COVID-19, in the first instance, such funerals should not be attended by a large crowd, those few who are allowed to attend and carry the coffin should be in full Personal Protective Clothing (PPE’s).We saw that close family members were even allowed to view the body, under normal circumstances, family members are not allowed to view the body, it comes from the mortuary wrapped in a white plastic and no one is allowed to view it" said the nurses President. Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini died on the 13th December 2020 and was buried at Dlangeni royal burial site on the 26th December 2020 after a memorial service at the Jesus Calls Worship Centre(JCWC), State funeral proceedings were held at his parental home at Nhlanhleni, COVID-19 regulations and pre-cautions were never observed. On the other hand, Public Service Minister's State funeral was held at Mkhwakhweni in the Shiselweni region on 23rd January 2021, COVID-19 regulations and or pre-cautions were observed. Reached for comments, Pius Vilakati, the Information and Publicity Officer of the Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS)has said the differences in the manner in which the two funerals were handled suggests that the PM did not die from COVID-19. "If indeed the Prime Minister died from COVID-19, there should have been strict adherence to precautions but the government didn't do that.This then brings doubt on government's understanding of the virus.It also heightens the rumours that Mandvulo was poisoned and the public is justified in thinking along these lines, because if he had died from the virus, surely they would have taken serious precautions. We were all already aware of the infighting within the regime, with Princess Skhanyiso among the top contenders for power", said Vilakati.
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