By Kwame Ismail Nkurunziza
Major Gen. Sibusiso Moyo, a man who became the face of a 2017 coup that ousted the late Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe from office, is said to have succumbed to COVID-19 in the early hours of Wednesday, at a hospital in Harare.
Moyo, 61, is the second Zimbabwean minister to die this month after the death Ellen Gwaradzimba last week and her body is set to be buried today.
In his statement, President Emmerson Mnangagwa described Moyo as “a devoted public servant and a true hero.”
He tweeted thus; “I have lost a friend. He fought his entire life so Zimbabwe could be free”.
According to authorities the southern African country has seen a resurgence in the deadly disease with daily cases and deaths being reported.
There are fears that the country’s crowded jails might be leading to the increase in cases of covid-19.
Harare city’s mayor and opposition figure Jacob Mafune is currently isolated after being released from hospital where he spent one month and his lawyers say 3 of his inmates died of COVID-19 related complications.
At 28,675 and 825 deaths, Zimbabwe is far better off than other SADC member countries like South Africa and Swaziland which are now among the top 30 most affected countries in the world.