Vice President and Health and Child Care Minister Constantino Chiwenga on Tuesday said he missed his military allies who succumbed to COVID-19.
Speaking during an interview with broadcaster Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa at his offices in Harare, Chiwenga recounted how he received the news of the death of his “great friends”, who include cabinet ministers.
Perrance Shiri (Lands and Agriculture), Sibusiso Moyo (Foreign Affairs) and former Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services boss Paradzai Zimondi, all succumbed to COVID-19. Chiwenga said:
They give me courage. The fortunate or unfortunate part is that I had spoken to all of them prior to their deaths. With (Retired) Air Marshal Shiri, we had talked for almost an hour and we ended up talking about our days at school, late into the night. In the early hours of the morning, I received the shattering news that he was no more. He was the last person I had spoken to that day.
It gives us the courage that everybody has his or her own time. But I had not expected to lose such great friends to this pandemic. We grieve, but we understand that this has happened, and ask strength from God to accept reality. This is the reality and I can’t change it.
Chiwenga also warned that the government could soon be forced to make the COVID-19 vaccination certificate a prerequisite for public services if citizens continue resisting the jab. He said:
Remember the COVID-19 certificates, eventually, they are going to become our passports.