Health minister Constantino has revealed that he missed his military allies who succumbed to COVID-19.

Speaking during an interview with broadcaster Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa at his offices in Harare, Chiwenga recounted how he received the news of the death Perrance Shiri, Sibusiso Moyo and Zimbabwe Prisons and Paradzai Zimondi, who all succumbed to COVID-19.

“The fortunate or unfortunate part is that I had spoken to all of them prior to their deaths. With (Retired) Air Marshal Shiri, we had talked for almost an hour and we ended up talking about our days at school, late into the night. In the early hours of the morning, I received the shattering news that he was no more. He was the last person I had spoken to that day,” Chiwenga said.

Chiwenga said he had not expected to lose such great friends to this pandemic.

Chiwenga has warned that government could soon be forced to make the COVID-19 vaccination certificate a mandatory for public services if citizens continue shunning the inoculation exercise.

Chiwenga said no one will be forced, “but there will come a time where if you are not vaccinated, you will not be able to get a job, if you are not vaccinated you will not able to board a Zupco bus. Eventually, you will have to decide for yourself”.