By Yvonne Mkondani
THE Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care General (Retired) Dr Constantino Chiwenga has sent a condolence message following the passing on of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Lieutenant General (Retired) Dr. Sibusiso Buhle Moyo.
In a statement, the Vice President described Moyo’s death as a loss of one of Zimbabwe’s rarest brains.
Having had the opportunity to work with the departed son of the soil, during the liberation struggle and subsequently in post-independence military service and political economy, I can affirm that the nation has been robbed of one of its rarest and finest brains with an excellent grasp of the broader picture as well as attention to detail and implementation, he said.
The Vice President urged the nation to take solace in the fact the late was a dedicated cadre who worked tirelessly to ensure that Zimbabwe has strong and fruitful ties with other nations.
“We take solace from the fact that the late was a distinguished Commander, politician and civil servant whose contribution to the wellbeing of Zimbabwe was beyond reproach, he added.
Meanwhile, The Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr. Misheck Sibanda has also sent a message of condolence following the death of Dr S.B Moyo.
In a statement, Dr. Sibanda paid tribute to the late’s efforts in working towards the lifting of sanctions on Zimbabwe and other countries within the region.
Dr. Moyo was at the forefront of the campaign within SADC for the removal of unjustifiable sanctions constraining development, leading to a consensus of their unconditional removal, said Sibanda.
The late Dr. Moyo joined the liberation struggle in 1977.
At independence in 1980, he was attested into the Zimbabwe National Army where he rose through the ranks to become Major General in 2O15 .
On retirement he was promoted to Lieutenant General in December 2017.
Due to his political, diplomatic and academic prowess he was appointed the Minister of foreign Affairs and International Trade in the Second Republic in 2017 a position he held until the time of his death on 20 January.
The late was the fulcrum of the Second Republic’s engagement, re-engagement and economic diplomacy thrust to reinvigorate the country’s relations with the international community.