HARARE – Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Sibusiso Moyo (SB) has died.
He was 61.
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services acting Minister Jenfan Muswere has confirmed the death but could not give further details.
“I can confirm for now that Minister SB Moyo has died,” he said.
Acting Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet George Charamba said that the revered soldier succumbed to COVID-19 at a local hospital.
Minister Moyo suffered kidney failure in 2018 and had to be airlifted to South Africa for urgent treatment.
He was born at Mnene Mission Hospital in Mberengwa in 1960, the third child of eight and joined the liberation struggle in 1977. He was a holder of a PhD in International Relations from the University of Zimbabwe, Masters in Business Administration from Zimbabwe Open University and a Masters in International Relations from the University of Zimbabwe.
Minister Moyo is remembered by many Zimbabweans for his statement, “The President is safe and sound. We are only targeting criminals around the First Family,” that he delivered while announcing the coup of November 2017 that removed the late President Robert Mugabe and his G40 henchmen from power.
A war veteran who also participated in the Democratic Republic of Congo campaign in the late 1990s, Dr. SB Moyo was a major general in the Zimbabwe National Army, before being promoted to lieutenant general on retirement in December 2017. He was promoted from brigadier general to major general by former President Robert Mugabe in January 2016.
He served as the minister of Foreign Affairs and International trade from November 2017.