Prime Minister of Eswatini
Ndvunankhulu
Incumbent
Russell Dlamini
since 4 November 2023
StyleHis Excellency
ResidenceState House, Lobamba
AppointerMswati III,
as King of Eswatini
Term lengthNo fixed term
Inaugural holderMakhosini Dlamini
Formation16 May 1967
SalaryE926,370 per annum[1]
WebsiteWebsite

This is a list of prime ministers of Eswatini (Swazi: Ndvunankhulu) since the formation of the post in 1967.

Twelve people have been Prime Minister of Eswatini, plus eight acting prime ministers. One person, Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini, held two non-consecutive terms.

The current prime minister is Russell Dlamini, since 4 November 2023. He was appointed by King Mswati III at the Ludzidzini Royal Village.[2][3]

List of officeholders

Political parties
  Imbokodvo National Movement (INM)
Other factions
  Independent
Status
  Denotes acting prime Minister
Symbols

Died in office

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Election Term of office Political party Monarch(s)
(Reign)
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Makhosini Dlamini
(1914–1978)
1967
1972
16 May 1967 31 March 1976 8 years, 320 days INM
(until 1973)

Sobhuza II
(1899–1982)
Independent
2 Maphevu Dlamini
(1922–1979)
1978 31 March 1976 25 October 1979† 3 years, 208 days Independent
Ben Nsibandze
(1931–2021)
25 October 1979 23 November 1979 29 days Independent
3 Mabandla Dlamini
(born 1930)
23 November 1979 25 March 1983 3 years, 122 days Independent
Interregnum
4 Bhekimpi Dlamini
(1924–1999)
1983 25 March 1983 6 October 1986 3 years, 195 days Independent

Mswati III
(since 1986)
5 Sotsha Dlamini
(1940–2017)
1987 6 October 1986 12 July 1989 2 years, 279 days Independent
6 Obed Dlamini
(1937–2017)
12 July 1989 25 October 1993 4 years, 105 days Independent
Andreas Fakudze
(died 2013)
25 October 1993 4 November 1993 10 days Independent
7 Jameson Mbilini Dlamini
(1921–2008)
1993 4 November 1993 8 May 1996 2 years, 186 days Independent
Sishayi Nxumalo
(1936–2000)
8 May 1996 26 July 1996 79 days Independent
8 Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini
(1942–2018)
1998 26 July 1996 29 September 2003 7 years, 65 days Independent
Paul Shabangu
(born 1943)
29 September 2003 6 November 2003 38 days Independent
9 Themba Dlamini
(born 1950)
2003 6 November 2003 18 September 2008 4 years, 317 days Independent
Bheki Dlamini 18 September 2008 23 October 2008 35 days Independent
(8) Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini
(1942–2018)
2008
2013
23 October 2008 5 September 2018 9 years, 317 days Independent
Vincent Mhlanga
(died 2020)
5 September 2018 27 October 2018 52 days Independent
10 Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini
(1968–2020)
2018 27 October 2018 13 December 2020[†] 2 years, 47 days Independent
Themba Masuku
(born 1950)
13 December 2020 19 July 2021 218 days Independent
11 Cleopas Dlamini
(born 1952)
19 July 2021 28 September 2023 2 years, 71 days Independent
Mgwagwa Gamedze
(born 19–)
28 September 2023 4 November 2023 37 days Independent
12 Russell Dlamini
(born 1973)
2023 4 November 2023 Incumbent 224 days Independent

Timeline

Russell DlaminiMgwagwa GamedzeCleopas DlaminiThemba MasukuAmbrose Mandvulo DlaminiVincent MhlangaBheki DlaminiThemba DlaminiPaul ShabanguBarnabas Sibusiso DlaminiSishayi NxumaloJameson Mbilini DlaminiAndreas FakudzeObed DlaminiSotsha DlaminiBhekimpi DlaminiMabandla DlaminiBen NsibandzeMaphevu DlaminiMakhosini Dlamini

See also

References

  1. ^ "Times of Swaziland".
  2. ^ Lenin Ndebele (3 November 2023). "Eswatini has a new prime minister". News24. Retrieved 18 November 2023.
  3. ^ Eswatini Government [@EswatiniGovern1] (3 November 2023). "His Majesty King Mswati III has appointed Russell Mmemo Dlamini as Prime Minister" (Tweet). Retrieved 18 November 2023 – via Twitter.