Zimbabwe's foreign minister dies after contracting COVID-19

Reuters

Posted at Jan 20 2021 07:32 PM

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Zimbabwe's foreign minister Sibusiso Moyo speaks to Reuters at his office in Harare, Zimbabwe on Sept. 13, 2019. Philimon Bulawayo, Reuters/File 

HARARE — Zimbabwe's foreign minister Sibusiso Moyo has died after contracting COVID-19, presidential spokesman George Charamba said on Wednesday.

Moyo died at a local hospital early on Wednesday, Charamba said.

He was a former army general who announced the military coup that led to the removal of the late long-serving leader Robert Mugabe in November 2017.

"The nation will be kept apprised of further developments regarding this untimely demise of the late minister, himself a decorated soldier and freedom fighter," Charamba said.

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Moyo was one of several generals who, after helping plot the coup, were rewarded with senior positions in President Emmerson Mnangagwa's cabinet and the ruling ZANU-PF party.

Another cabinet minister, retired general and agriculture minister Perrance Shiri, died of the virus last July.

Zimbabwe has suffered a surge in COVID-19 infections, with more than half of the 28,675 total cases and 825 deaths being recorded since New Year's Day.