Sibusiso Busi Moyo, Zimbabwe’s minister of foreign affairs and international trade, has died, the president’s office said on Wednesday. The reason for this was complications related to Kovid-19. Mr Moyo became the fourth high-ranking official in Zimbabwe to be a victim of the virus since the onset of the epidemic.
“The latter minister died in front of Kovid-19 at the local hospital,” read a short statement from the office of President Emerson Mnangagwa, and provided no details.
58 year old Mr. Moyo became famous As the face of a military coup It finished pre President Robert MugabeIn 2017, nearly four decades of rule. He was at that time a major commander in the Zimbabwean armed forces.
“We want to make it very clear that this is not the government’s military takeover,” Mr. Moyo said after reading a statement on state television, the military ordered the national broadcaster. “What the Defense Army of Zimbabwe is doing, to weaken a political, social and economic situation.”
After Mr Mnangagwa’s election in 2018, Mr Moyo swapped military fat for a scarf in suits and colors Flag of Zimbabwe, Retired as a lieutenant general and joined Mr. Mnangagwa’s cabinet with other military leaders.
In this new role, much of his work focused on reviving Zimbabwe’s battered international image. Mr Moyo often criticized the restrictions imposed on Zimbabwe’s new elite by the international community. In his final tweet, Mr Moyo targeted the United States after the January 6 riots on Capitol Hill, which he described as unprecedented scenes of chaos and politically motivated violence in Washington’s ‘bastion of democracy’.
“Perhaps the moral and arrogant tone towards others can now be changed somewhat,” He tweeted On 9 January.
Within the ruling Jhanu-PF, Mr. Moyo represented the influential military faction that strengthened his political power in the new dispute.
Mr. Moyo was born in 1961 in Mabarengwa, a rural district in central Zimbabwe. He is survived by his wife, Justice Lois Matanda-Moyo, a judge of the High Court in Zimbabwe and chair of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission and their two children. (An earlier version of this article misreported Mr. Moyo’s year of birth.)
Last week, Ellen Guardzimba, Minister of State for Manikaland Province in the country, died of complications associated with Kovid-19. In the same week, a member of the ruling party’s highest decision-making body and former deputy finance minister, Morton Malinga, also succumbed to Kovid-19. In July, Agriculture Minister, Perence Shiri, also died from Kovid-19.
The southern African nation has seen an increase in Kovid-19 cases and deaths since earlier this year, with the Ministry of Health recording 52 deaths and 783 new infections in 24 hours on Tuesday, a new lockdown to authorities, to shut down businesses Forced and imposed curfew. Zimbabwe has a total of 28,675 cases and 825 deaths and pandemics since the onset of the epidemic.