The 3rd oldest PM in Africa'
MBABANE – At age 70, Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini is reportedly the third oldest among his African counterparts.
While he is reportedly the oldest PM in Southern Africa, he is junior only to Egypt’s Kamal Ganzouri and Equatorial Guinea’s Ignacio Milan Tang in the entire African continent.
Information sourced from Wikipedia shows that Egypt’s Ganzouri is the oldest African Premier at age 79, having been born on January 12, 1933.
Equatorial Guinea’s Ignacio Milan Tang, at age 72, having been born on June 20, 1940, is the second oldest.
Swaziland’s PM was born May 15, 1940 and celebrated his 70th birthday yesterday.
Do however note that Wikipedia is subject to editing, however the ages of the two other premiers were confirmed by other sites.
During a surprise birthday celebration thrown by Cabinet ministers’ yesterday morning, the PM said he wished he could live up to 100 years.
The Premier is serving his third term as Swaziland’s head of government having first served in 1996 to 1998 when he replaced the late Prince Mbilini who was removed from the position by His Majesty King Mswati III.
In 2003, Dlamini was reappointed into office and served until 2003 after which he was appointed into the King’s advisory council.
His Majesty again re-appointed him in 2008 to take over from Absalom Themba Dlamini, the current Managing Director of Tibiyo TakaNgwane.
Despite his age, the Premier told the Times of Swaziland Managing Editor Mbongeni Mbingo, during an exclusive interview for his 70th birthday, that he was prepared to serve another term should His Majesty need him to do so.
Explaining the secret behind his health, the PM, who said he felt like a ‘young old man, told the Times that he ate sensibly, slept well, exercised adequately and neither smoked nor drank alcohol.
He's the 3rd oldest in Africa? No wonder this country is going nowhere but backwards. The PM wishes he could live until 100 years old. When you have all the money and the discounted land, one tends to wish for things like that. But people who this government has impoverished through bad policies are praying for death everyday. I hope God grants the PM his prayers. But I hope God grants mine too - of wishing he's not re-appointed into anything that would require leadership skills and honesty.
May 16, 2012, 7:19 AM, Anonymous (email@example.com)
Hope you live to see many more wena weKunene!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nkhosi!
May 16, 2012, 7:19 AM, Mabuya (firstname.lastname@example.org)
New innovative ideas are flushed down the drain by such greed. Allow the young minds to drive the economy and social wellbeing of the Swazi people.
May 17, 2012, 11:55 AM, smallhouser (email@example.com)
He is the third oldest in Africa, syabonga kukwati loko. Amdzala kangaka nje ulentele ini live in his office terms? Lokumcoka nje ngulokuba mdzala when the public is suffering, take for instance this transport issue lapha kaManzini.OTHER PEOPLE'S INTERESTS SHOULD COME FIRST, esp when u are a public figure!!
May 17, 2012, 11:55 AM, ndumie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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