HARARE – Zimbabwe’s farming minister Perrance Shiri passed away from the COVID-19 infection, becoming the very first senior government official to catch the pandemic, President Emmerson Mnangagwa stated on Thursday.
Shiri, a retired general who assisted plot a coup that ousted Robert Mugabe in 2017, passed away on Wednesday.
The late freedom war veteran was stated a national hero and will be buried on Friday during a closed event.
” Now that it is verified that Minister Shiri died of COVID-19, we will follow World Health Organisation guidelines on how the funeral need to proceed,” Mnangagwa stated throughout a funeral wake at Shiri’s home in Harare.
Zimbabwe has tape-recorded 2,879 validated cases of the coronavirus and 40 deaths.