Kenya’s El Nativity reported on January 26 that the spread of the novel coronavirus in Africa relatively slowly compared with the rest of the world, but it has claimed the lives of many well-known leaders in the region in a row.
In just two weeks, a total of nine ministers from the four member states of the Southern African Development Community have died of COVID-19.
Among them, four people, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Transport, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Manikaran Province, died of COVID-19 one after another.
Swaziland’s Minister of Labor and Social Security and Public Service have also died of COVID-19 in the past two weeks, and the Prime Minister of the country died of COVID-19 last December.
South Africa’s presidential palace minister Jackson Mtambu died on January 21 from complications from COVID-19.
Malawi’s Minister of Transport and Engineering and Local Government died of COVID-19 in the middle of this month.
In addition, the former Governor of the Central Bank of Malawi and the Chief Secretary of the Department of Public Information also died of COVID-19.
The Southern African Development Community is composed of 16 member countries: South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Mauritius, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Seychelles, Madagascar and Comoros.