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Mnangagwa Gifts US$50 000 To Zim Doctor Who Detected Deadly Coronavirus Variant

Mnangagwa Gifts US$50 000 To Zim Doctor Who Detected Deadly Coronavirus Variant

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has awarded a US$50 000 token of appreciation to world-renowned Matobo District-born medical scientist and virologist, Dr Sikhulile Moyo, who is now based in Botswana.

Dr Moyo was credited with detecting the coronavirus variant B.1.1.529, also known as Omicron in November last year during his routine work.

The US$50 000 token of appreciation is in recognition of Dr Moyo’s contribution to saving humanity after he discovered the deadly coronavirus strain.

The medical doctor is at home for a holiday and organised the celebration for his achievement with his village counterparts.

The party was attended by Dr Moyo’s family, friends and Government officials.

Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development Minister, Amon Murwira, handed over the Presidential gift to Dr Moyo on Monday at his rural home in Donkwe-Donkwe near Kezi, Matabeleland South. Said Murwira:

In this regard, His Excellency, the President Dr E.D. Mnangagwa in recognition of this great scientific achievement, is actually looking into the most appropriate excellence award to be given nationally to Dr Moyo.

It means the big thing is coming. However, in the meantime, His Excellency, the President Dr E.D. Mnangagwa presents this token.

This is just a token of appreciation to Dr Moyo on behalf of Government and people of Zimbabwe, of US$50 000.

It’s not only in Zimbabwe, not only southern Africa but the globe. His Excellency, the President is elated with the achievement of this son of the soil.

We know that Dr Moyo won international awards and nominations that have placed Zimbabwe and Africa on the world map; that include Festus Mogae Award of HIV research, the Martin Luther King Jr Humanitarian Award, the German

Africa Award 2022, Time 100 Most Influential People in the World 2022, New African Award top 100 most influential Africans 2022.

These awards are a testimony to the excellence in scientific research by Dr Moyo. Scientific research that leads to the betterment of humanity.

In his remarks, Dr Moyo said he was humbled by the recognition and honour bestowed on him by the Government. He said:

These awards and this honour from Government is to say we recognise talent, we recognise you for working hard. It’s giving me energy to run and run with others.

It is a relay, you run and there are others that need to take the baton and identify abled others who can make a difference.

For collaboration, teamwork, there is no successful scientist who is an island. Even the awards I won there are scientists who I work with and I acknowledge them as their leader. That is the beauty of doing science.

Local MP who is also Primary and Secondary Education Deputy Minister, Edgar Moyo (ZANU PF), said Dr Moyo’s achievement is an inspiration to the country’s youth. | Chronicle

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1 month ago


Major 1 month ago


Dofo 1 month ago

Mari haibvi pane imwe kkk if Ed can give a token of 50 000 how much does himself have kkkk

1 month ago

Haibvi muhomwe make shamwari Imari yenyika iyi

As I see it 1 month ago

And all the while our government hospitals are run down and in need of finance.
This doctor is probably well paid and does not need the money.

dee~tales 1 month ago

Not zvana Jonathan Moyo nana Lovemore Madhuku ma professor ano researcher kuti tounza sei nhamo munyika to the already over burdened poor Zimbabweans.

Two professors who have nothing to show to the world.

Mudzidzisi 1 month ago

Add Mthuli ncube

@dee tales 1 month ago



Ali Tinasheba albamohamed 1 month ago

Kungopa Mari pamusoro peimwe
Ko maporofota akasoona denda racho vakaporofita makavapei
Koivo vana sekuru vakatiuraya nekufukira masora herbs Acho mavapeio

Hk 1 month ago

Mari iyoyo yaigona kusimudzira chipatara 1 zvacho

Tkt 1 month ago

Ko yasara along the way imarii kana kwazvo svika that much?

X 1 month ago

Musangoita basa rekurwadziwa, give credit to were it is due, Mari yakatoita shoma, paitoda kana 5 million

1 month ago

Usada kutinzwa iwe @x Hatidi nemashoko edu

Campaign gimmick 1 month ago

That gathering was just a campaign for ZaNUpf nothing else. Why couldn't they invite the doctor and present their award and token at the statehouse. Botswana should have given this doc something as appreciation because they are the ones benefitting from his services. How many Zimbabweans out there are doing marvelous things around the globe but are not being recognized. This is an insult to their ....

ED HAS MY VOTE 1 month ago

Akaipa murume uyu ane not rudoo

Jerasi 1 month ago

As I see it : haute chokwadi. Y are you so jelous ne achievement yeumwe. Kwana iwe unoda kungosvora y

pastor 1 month ago

ndihwo hutongi hwacho hwepanyika haufe hwakarurama ndokusaka Shoko richiti kuchauya huShe hwa Christu hwakarurama chose kune vese vanotenda.

Fimbasy 🧠 1 month ago

The doctor did great and he deserved to be honoured, yet all the other scientists who are doing great should also be honoured

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