AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER
ZIMBABWE has lost a second serving cabinet minister in one week to COVID-19.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Joel “Biggie” Matiza has also become the 4th minister in President Emmerson Mnangagwa to die from COVID-19 related illness.
Matiza (61) died yesterday at the St Anne Hospital in Harare, a week after he was admitted to hospital and a few days after the death of his colleague Dr Sibusiso Moyo, the Foreign Minister.
There other two cabinet ministers who succumbed to COVID-19 are Perrance Shiri, the Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Settlement and Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba, the Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister.
Matiza passed away a day after Moyo was buried.
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa has paid tribute to Matiza.
Mutsvangwa told ZBC NEWS: “Minister J.B. Matiza brought a new beginning and added vigour to the development of our road network, both trunk and ancillary. He opened the sector to local construction companies and harnessed local professional and technical talent. The commencement of rehabilitation and expansion of the Beitbridge-Harare trunk road marked a high point of his frenetic Ministerial engagement.
“Comrade Joel Biggie Matiza was also a tried and tested cadre of the ruling party. He was Chairman of Mashonaland East Province. The Party and Government has lost a dedicated cadre and highly competent public servant.”