THE sudden death of former Foreign Affairs Minister, Sibusiso Moyo due to Covid19 Wednesday has plunged China into mourning.
Moyo’s death was confirmed Wednesday by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
He played a pivotal role in the ouster of former president Robert Mugabe in 2017 and was perceived as a strategic pillar of the second republic.
In a statement China embassy in Zimbabwe described the late minister as a “dear friend” and a “strong supporter” of the friendship between the two nations.
“The Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe is deeply saddened by the passing on of Hon. Lt. Gen Dr Sibusiso Moyo. His outstanding contribution to the excellent relations between the two countries will forever be remembered.
“In this sorrowful time, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and to the government and people of Zimbabwe. May our condolences bring you peace during this painful time,” the embassy said in a statement.
The embassy committed to stand strong with Zimbabwe to overcome the pandemic and all the challenges that may come our way in the years to come.
According to the latest Covid-19 update by authorities, there were 783 new cases recorded in one day.
Of these, Harare continues to dominate the infection rate, accounting for 251 of the cases.
A country that spent almost the entire 2020 with fewer cases compared to those of other countries, Zimbabwe has seen Covid-19 infections gallop since December last year with cumulative cases, as of 19 January 2021, now 28 675 since the first case was confirmed March last year.