Perrance Shiri, the former army general who was the Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement Minister, reportedly died alone in his car while trying to drive himself to a private hospital nearby.
Shiri called two trusted friends – Norton MP Temba Mliswa and his ministry’s permanent secretary John Bhasera – to come to his assistance, but he was dead by the time they arrived, ZimLive reports.
Shiri, who was not married, is suspected to have succumbed to COVID-19 after his driver was buried last Saturday after dying from the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
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He missed Cabinet on Tuesday after being advised to self-quarantine at home. He visited a private hospital in Belgravia on Monday and Tuesday but was allowed to return home.
Officials in the Lands Ministry told ZimLive that Shiri initially fell sick two weeks ago following a trip to Rushinga.
He thought he had been poisoned, according to the sources, before his driver tested positive for the virus.
The ministry of agriculture has closed its offices for disinfection procedures.