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By Mutsa Makuvaza
ZANU-PF Central Committee member Peter Hatitaos, has died.
He was 77.
Hatitatos was a former MP for Muzvezve Constituency in Mashonaland West and also father to Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement Deputy Minister Vangelis Haritatos
The Kadoma-based politician of Greek origins succumbed to Covid-19-related complications at St Annes Hospital in Harare on Saturday.
His death was confirmed by Zanu-PF Mashonaland West chairperson Ziyambi Ziyambi, who is also Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister.
“We have lost a loyal Zanu-PF cadre who will be profoundly missed,” Ziyambi said.
“Hailing from Kadoma, where he ran a successful bakery business, he started politics well before independence, being jailed for his support for the struggle.
“He used to tell us how he was denied a place at Jameson High for his secondary education and had to attend school at Rimuka High as he was not considered white by the British colonialists. He was of Greek origin.”
Haritatos was popular in Kadoma and Muzvezve in the mining town where he used his own resources to develop the infrastructure such as roads and dams. He stepped down from being MP in 2018 saying it was time to let youths have a chance at leadership. The seat was won over by his son Vangelis in the 2018 elections.
The Haritatos family relocated to Zimbabwe in the 1950’s, at a time when European immigrants still faced discrimination from the white Rhodesian settlers.
His family tapped into their legacy of baking over the past several generations, and established a bakery and confectionery business, called Central Bakery.
In its latest update yesterday, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said Zimbabwe recorded 1787 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday and 42 deaths. The hotspots are Harare, Chegutu, Chinhoyi, Seke, Marondera and parts of Midlands Province. – Zimbabwe Voice ■