Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Minister Perrance Shiri who died last week on 29 July 2020 succumbed to Covid-19. The decorated air force commander died two weeks after attending a meeting of military commanders at ZNA headquarters.
Sources said Shiri, who still enjoyed deep loyalties within the army despite having been retired nearly three years ago, attended a meeting of military commanders at the Zimbabwe National Army headquarters in Harare on July 15, which was meant to devise strategies for containing street protests that had been scheduled for July 31.
A number of them, including the now late army spokesperson Colonel Overson Mugwisi, who attended the meeting are reported to have tested positive for Covid-19.
Mugwisi died in a military hospital at the Josiah Magama Tongogara Barracks on Friday morning.
“Mugwisi already had flu-like symptoms by the time of Shiri’s death. They had a meeting earlier as they planned on how to contain the demonstrations of July 31. So, subsequently, he went for a Covid-19 test in the afternoon of July 29. The results came the next day when his condition had seriously deteriorated as he also had a heart problem,” a family source said.
— Zimbabwe Independent