hero status for former Masvingo RDC CEO
Zanu PF central committee member Clemence
Makwarimba who passed away yesterday, February 07, has posthumously tested positive
for Covid-19, TellZim News has learnt.
Makwarimba’s family said the former Masvingo
Rural District Council (RDC) CEO had been rushed to Morgenster Hospital for
treatment after suffering kidney failure three days prior.
Phainos Makwarimba, who is the Zanu PF deputy
provincial commissar and son to the late Makwarimba, said his family was
devastated by the loss.
“He developed a kidney problem three days
before and we took him to Morgenster Hospital where he later passed on. The
doctors did two Covid-19 tests on him and the results came back negative but
they performed a third test as they had reasonable grounds to suspect Covid-19 and
it has just come out positive. As a family, we are shuttered by the loss of our
father,” said Phainos.
The late Makarimba becomes possibly the 65th
Covid-19 fatality case in Masvingo province.
He also said the family was in close
consultations with the party for guidance on burial arrangements.
Sources said the local Zanu PF leadership had
applied for provincial hero status for Makwarimba.
No comment could be obtained from Zanu PF
provincial chairperson Ezra Chadzamira, who is also the Minister of State for
Masvingo Provincial Affairs and Devolution,
and provincial political commissar Jevas Masosota as their phones were
Makwarimba joined Masvingo RDC in 1977 and rose
through the ranks to become the CEO in 1993, a position he held until his
retirement in 2013.
Makwarimba was born in 1953.
He is survived by his wife Tendai, five
children and several grandchildren.