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Douglas Nyikayaramba succumbs to Covid-19

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Mugove Tafirenyika

CHIEF WRITER

tafirenyikam@dailynews.co.zw

ZIMBABWE has lost another high- ranking official to Covid-19 following yesterday’s death of the country’s ambassador to Mozambique, Douglas Nyikayaramba

President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced retired army Lieutenant General Nyikayaramba’s death at a private hospital in the capital where he was battling the respiratory disease.

Covid-19 last month claimed the lives of Foreign Affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo, his Transport counterpart Joel Biggie Matiza, Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister Ellen Gwaradzimba and former Prisons and Correctional Services commissioner- general Paradzai Zimondi.

The four were declared national heroes and buried at the National Heroes Acre in Harare.

Information ministry permanent secretary, Nick Mangwana, yesterday tweeted “He was a great Patriot. May His Soul Rest In Peace”.

This comes as the country had by Monday cumulatively recorded 34 658 confirmed Covid-19 cases, and 1 339 deaths since the first case was registered in March last year.

Mnangagwa appointed Nyikayaramba ambassador in April, 2019 along with 14 others, including retired Lieutenants-General Anselem Sanyatwe, Martin Chedondo, Major-General Thando Madzvamuse and Air Marshal Shebba Shumbayawonda.

Also appointed was journalist and former MDC MP for Mabvuku-Tafara James Maridadi and former University of Zimbabwe lecturer Charity Manyeruke.

Others on the list were Alice Mashingaidze, Abigail Shonhiwa, Sophia Nyamudeza, Emmanuel Gumbo,  Chrispen Mavodza, Gideon Gapare, Vusumuzi Ntonga and Godfrey Chipare.

While in the army, Nyikayaramba presided over the 2002 and 2008 presidential elections as well as the 2005 parliamentary elections controversially won by then president Robert Mugabe against the now late Morgan Tsvangirai  and his MDC party, as the chief executive officer of the now defunct Zimbabwe Election Supervisory Commission, before the advent of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

During his time in the army, Nyikayaramba was often accused of overstepping his role in the barracks and actively dabbling in politics.

 

 

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