Zimbabweans have reacted with shock to news that Brigadier-General Sambulo Ndlovu (Retired) has died.
He was 65.
Brig-Gen Ndlovu (Rtd), whose Chimurenga name was Stanley Hlayibeni, died yesterday at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals due to a Covid-19-related illness.
Zimbabwe National Army Commander Lieutenant-General Edzai Absalom Chanyuka Chimonyo confirmed the death.
Brig-Gen Ndlovu (Rtd) is survived by his wife Sarah and six children, three boys and three girls, Nguquko, Vezubule, Prince Majaha, Thobekile, Lindiwe and Sithulisiwe.
The ZNA said in a statement that funeral and burial arrangements will be carried out according to World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on Covid-19.
This comes as another Brigadier-General, Ruphus Chigudu, died on September 24 at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals aged 64 last Thursday.
He was buried at the National Heroes’ Acre this week Monday.
In August, Minister of Lands and Agriculture, Perrence Shiri died of the coronavirus, becoming the first top government official to succumb to the disease.
Shiri’s death was followed by the death of Peter Muchakazi, 56, an army procurement officer and Colonel Overson Mugwisi the military’s spokesman.
At least three other top brass of the army also succumbed to the novel coronavirus in quick succession.