On Wednesday, Zimbabweans woke up to learn that Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Perrence Shiri had died to suspected Covid-19. The Minister’s death at the age of 65, comes after his driver succumbed to Covid-19 a few days earlier.
The death of the former Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ) commander has resulted in mixed feelings, however. Shiri’s has always been dogged with accusations of genocide following his time as the Commander of the 5th Brigade in the 1980s. The unit has been accused of killing approximately 20 000 people during the Gukurahundi Massacres.
Some social media users highlighted that Shiri, just like former President Robert Mugabe, died without accounting for his alleged crimes. Others said that they would not shed a tear for the Retired Air Chief Marshal while others actually celebrated the news of his demise saying that death is the ultimate equalizer.
Some, however, mourned Shiri and paid tribute to him saying that he was a visionary who was working hard to improve his country.
Below are some of the reactions from social media,