Zimbabwe’s Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement Minister Perrance Shiri died Wednesday morning, a few days after his driver succumbed to COVID-19.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced on Twitter that Shiri had died.
“I am deeply saddened to inform the nation of the death of the Minister of Agriculture, Air Chief Marshall (rtd) Perrance Shiri, a long time friend and colleague.
“Cde Shiri was a true patriot, who devoted his life to the liberation, independence and service of his country. MHRIP,” Mnangagwa said.
Media reported on Tuesday said that Shiri, who missed the same day’s Cabinet meeting, had been hospitalized after feeling unwell.
Presidential spokesperson George Charamba had also confirmed that Shiri had gone into self-isolation following the death of his driver.
The driver was reportedly buried at his rural home in Zvimba on Sunday.