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Former prisons boss Paradzai Zimondi succumbs to Covid-19

By Nyashadzashe Ndoro | Nehanda Politics |

Former Prisons and Correctional Services boss and retired Major-General Paradzai Zimondi (74) has succumbed to the deadly coronavirus.

Commissioner-General Paradzai Zimondi
Former Commissioner-General for Prisons Paradzai Zimondi

Zimondi died a few hours after the passing on of Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Joel Biggie Matiza who also succumbed to the disease.

Mashonaland East Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister, Aplonia Munzverengwi, confirmed the death.

“Yes I can confirm that he has died. He died this evening (last night). It’s really sad,” she said.

“We are devastated as Mashonaland East province because in the last four consecutive days, we have lost the GMB manager, the provincial information officer Mukonde who will be buried in Mashonaland West tomorrow (today), former Minister Aeneas Chigwedere then Minister Matiza and now, vaZimondi. I am at a loss for words. This is saddening.”

General Zimondi retired as ZPCS Comm-Gen in November last year after 22 years of service, which began in 1998 when he was 51.

As of Friday morning, Zimbabwe recorded 31,046 confirmed Covid-19 cases, 19,885 recoveries and 955 deaths. Among those that died on Friday was former Education Minister and Mashonaland East Governor Aeneas Chigwedere who succumbed to Covid-19.

On Wednesday, Zimbabwe woke up to the news of the death of Foreign Affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo who succumbed to the deadly coronavirus disease. Last year again, former Lands and Agriculture minister Perence Shiri died after contracting the virus.

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This week, President Emmerson Mnangagwa had to shorten his annual leave this week following information that his deputies, Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi had tested positive for the deadly coronavirus disease.

The Zanu PF leader on Thursday presided over the burial at the National Heroes Acre of Manicaland Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister Ellen Gwaradzimba (60) and and Zanu PF Central Committee member Morton Dizzy Paul Malianga (91) who died last week.

Gwaradzimba succumbed to Covid-19, while Malianga (91) had been ill for some time.

On Wednesday, Zimbabwe woke up to the news of the death of Foreign Affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo who succumbed to the deadly coronavirus disease. Last year again, former Lands and Agriculture minister Perence Shiri died after contracting the virus. Nehanda Radio

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