Perrance Shiri has died. Rtd Air Marshall Perence Shiri has died of Covid19 following the death of his driver a few days ago.
A liberation war veteran, Shiri had a chequered past. He commanded the army’s Fifth Brigade unit that carried out the 1980s massacres of thousands of civilians in western Zimbabwe as the government sought to quell an insurgency.
AGRICULTURE Minister Perrance Shiri has died.
This was confirmed Wednesday morning by his co-deputy minister Vangelis Haritatos.
“I received a call in the early hours of this morning with shocking news. It is with a heavy heart that I learnt of the passing on of Air Chief Marshall (RTD) P. Shiri,” the deputy minister wrote on his Facebook page.
“I have worked with Cde. Shiri for almost two years now as his deputy minister. He was an extremely hard worker, dedicated to our Nation, a patriot, and a nationalist. I will truly miss him and promise to continue with his vision of making Zimbabwe the breadbasket of Africa once again. Go well Honourable Minister Shiri.”
WATCH Perrence Shiri ‘Gukurahundi’ massacres
Zimbabwe’s agriculture minister Perrance Shiri, a retired general who helped plot the ouster of Robert Mugabe in a 2017 coup, has died, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Wednesday.
Shiri, who commanded the air force for 25 years until he joined the government in 2017, was admitted to hospital on Tuesday, two government sources said. He died in the early hours of Wednesday.
“Shiri was a true patriot, who devoted his life to the liberation, independence and service of his country,” Mnangagwa said in a statement. He did not say how Shiri died.
But domestic media said Shiri, 65, succumbed to complications from the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, which has infected 2,817 and killed 40 in Zimbabwe.
WATCH Perrence Shiri ‘Gukurahundi’ massacres . He commanded the army’s Fifth Brigade unit that carried out the 1980s massacres of thousands of civilians in western Zimbabwe as the government sought to quell an insurgency.
The army massacres, known as ‘Gukurahundi’, a Shona term meaning the ‘early rain that washes away the chaff’, remain a sore point for the people of the Matabeleland region, many of whom demand justice and reparations.
The main opposition Movement for Democratic Change accused Shiri of being among the security chiefs who organised violence against its members after Mugabe lost the first round of the presidential vote in 2008.
He was a retired Zimbabwean air officer serving as Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement since 1 December 2017 in the Cabinet of Zimbabwe. Perrance Shiri is a retired Zimbabwean air officer serving as Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement since 1 December 2017 in the Cabinet of Zimbabwe. May his Soul Rest in Peace .
Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Perrance Shiri (born Bigboy Samson Chikerema) has been admitted at an elite hospital after his driver died of the deadly Coronavirus.
Online publication ZimLive talked to George Charamba, the spokesman for the presidency and cabinet, told ZimLive: “The minister’s driver died from the virus and it is only normal that the minister goes into self-isolation, and in the process miss cabinet, as a contact of his former driver.”
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health says 4 people died of Covid-19 in Manicaland, Bulawayo and Mashonaland East today, taking Zimbabwe’s official death toll to 40.
There are 113 new cases and 112 of these are attributed to local transmission. The official tally is now 2 817.
Parliament was shutdown on Tuesday after two unnamed Members of Parliament tested positive of the virus.
On Tuesday, government warned those who are said to be promoting false figures of COVID-19 cases in the country.
“The National Taskforce has noted with concern several reports of persons who are not authorised to issue statements and information regarding Covid-19 test results. This has led to misinformation that causes unnecessary panic and affects efforts to respond to the pandemic,” Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation quoted Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa as saying.
“We are at a time where we speak more about how many of our loved ones have passed on than how many have tested positive. This is not an easy time for the nation. Each one of us has a critical role to play in the battle that is before us. The Inter-Ministerial Taskforce continues to prepare so that we can deal with the eye of the storm.”