Local Governance

President mourns Haritatos

Honourable Peter Haritatos

…says no one is safe until everyone is safe from COVID-19

By Shadreck Gurenje

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sent a message of condolence to the Haritatos family following the death of honourable Peter Haritatos.

The late Cde Peter Haritatos succumbed to COVID-19 related complications at St Anne’s Hospital in Harare over the weekend.

In his condolence message the ZANU PF FIRST SECRETARY and President said the Party has lost a senior member who was reliable, loyal and committed with a warm and generous heart.

President Mnangagwa also said the untimely death of Honourable Haritatos due to COVID-19 related complications further highlighted how dangerous and widespread the disease has become across the nation.

“It was with deep sorrow and pain that I received news of the death on Saturday of Honourable Cde Peter Haritatos, father to our Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement, Vangelis Haritatos. His untimely death due to COVID-19 related complications further highlights in our country. No one is safe from it until everyone is safe.

“A senior member of the Central Committee of our Party ZANU PF and former legislator for Muzvezve, the death of Cde Haritatos has robbed our Nation of a reliable, loyal and committed patriot with a warm and generous heart towards his fellow compatriots,” said President Mnangagwa.

He also said the late decorated central committee member was a respected revolutionary in many respects who played a pivotal role fighting racial discrimination and human indignity during the colonial era before the nation’s independence.

“A respected revolutionary in many respects, Baba George as he was affectionately called by close associates and the local community in the Kadoma area, suffered and endured racial discrimination and human indignity at the hands of white colonial settlers before our independence. He was denied education in white schools as punishment for his close association with blacks. His political activism and support for our liberation struggle landed him in jail,” said President Mnangagwa.