Zimbabwe Minister of Agriculture and former Air Force chief Perrance Shiri has died.
This was announced by President Mnangagwa this morning on his twitter handle where he said: “I am deeply saddened to inform the Nation of the death of the Minister of Agriculture, Air Chief Marshall (rtd) Perrance Shiri, a long time friend and colleague. Cde Shiri was a true patriot, who devoted his life to the liberation, independence and service of his country.MHRIP.”
The cause or time of his death are not yet known.
Shiri is a former liberation fighter who rose to fame as commander of Five Brigade when it was deployed to Matebeleland and the Midlands to deal with “dissidents” in the 1980s.
He was later moved to the Air Force and was one of the three top military officials that joined Mnangagwa’s administration after the 2017 military intervention that removed then President Robert Mugabe.