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Zimbabwe agriculture minister Perrance Shiri dies

By Almot Maqolo

Zimbabwe’s Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Minister Perrance Shiri has died. He was 65. President Emmerson Mnangagwa confirmed Shiri’s death on his twitter account saying: “I am deeply saddened to inform the Nation of the death of the Minister of Agriculture, Air Chief Marshall (rtd) Perrance Shiri, a longtime friend and colleague.

Cde Shiri was a true patriot, who devoted his life to the liberation, independence and service of his country. MHRIP.” Shiri died on Wednesday morning at a local hospital. Reports say Shiri had been hospitalized the previous day after his driver succumbed to CovidD-19.

Deputy Lands minister Vangelis Haritatos led the tributes this morning: “I have worked with comrade Shiri for almost two years now as his deputy Minister. He was an extremely hard worker, dedicated to our nation, a patriot and a nationalist,” he wrote on his twitter account. “I will truly miss him and promise to continue with his vision of making Zimbabwe the breadbasket of Africa once again.”

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