The country’s first black Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Dr Kombo Moyana succumbed to COVID-19 on Monday night.
He was 78.
Moyana was the first black central bank chief between 1983 and 1993. He succeeded Desmond Krogh, who was governor between 1979 and 1983.
Dr Moyana’s death was confirmed by members of his church the United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe (UCCZ).
“Dear UCCZ Church Family.
“It is with a heavy heart that I am informing you that last night we lost one of us at UCCZ Eastlea Dr Kombo James Moyana exRBZ Governor passed on to Glory last night.He was in Hospital. He succumbed to Covid 19.”
The wife to former Foreign Affairs Minister, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, who is the ZANU PF secretary for external affairs, has also succumbed to COVID-19.
Chief Mashayamombe, who passed away at Norton Hospital on Monday after being “admitted after developing breathing problems”, is also thought to have succumbed to the disease.
Yesterday, Zimbabwe reported 60 more COVID-19 deaths, although the 36 deaths from Harare Province included those that occurred from Friday night to Sunday.
The government imposed a month-long lockdown on 5 January to try and slow down the spread of the disease.
More to follow….