Zimbabwe foreign minister dies from Covid-19

Written By: BBC

Sibusiso Moyo became foreign minister after ex-President Robert Mugabe was removed from office

Zimbabwe’s Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo has died after succumbing to Covid-19, the government says.

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Born in 1960, the former army general gained international prominence in 2017, when he announced the military takeover that ousted long-serving President Robert Mugabe from power.

Zimbabwe has recorded a surge in Covid-19 cases since the festive season.

There have been 28,675 cases and 825 deaths since the virus was detected in the country last March.

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South Africa has recorded the highest number of cases in Africa – more than 1.3 million – and the most deaths – more than 38,000.

In neighbouring Malawi, President Lazarus Chakwera has taken personal blame for the recent rise in Covid-19 cases in the country.

Malawi’s Local Government Minister Lingson Belekenyama and Transport Minister Muhammad Sidik Mia died from the illness last week.

Mr Moyo died in a local hospital on Wednesday, President Emerson Mnangagwa’s spokesman George Charamba said in a statement.

Mr Mnangagwa described him as a friend and a “true hero”.

“He fought his entire life so that Zimbabwe could be free,” the president said.

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