President Robert Mugabe’s sister, Bridgette, who went into a hysterical frenzy before collapsing at the burial of her elder sister, Sabina, at Heroes’ Acre last week, is still unwell, NewsDay can exclusively reveal.
Her nephew, Patrick Zhuwawo, confirmed yesterday that Bridgette was not well but would not give further details of her condition or whereabouts.
“Don’t you think you are being unfair to me, asking me such a question?” Zhuwawo said. “I have just lost my mother and kana uriwe zvako (even if it were you) how would you react?”
But after explaining to him that Bridgette was a public figure and from a prominent family and as such, the public had an interest in knowing how she is faring after she collapsed in public, Zhuwawo softened his stance.
“All I can tell you is that she is not well. . . she is not well,” Zhuwawo said.
Bridgette collapsed as the body of her sister was carried to its final resting place at the national shrine, causing panic among her relatives and sending state security agents scuttling to attend to her.
Several people, including flamboyant businessman Phillip Chiyangwa, who is also a family relative, fought hard to calm the distressed woman before they managed to get her into Chiyangwa’s vehicle and take her to hospital.
Chiyangwa yesterday declined to comment on the condition or whereabouts of Bridgette, saying he did not want to be the source of such a story.
“I don’t want to be a source of that, my friend,” Chiyangwa said. “l don’t know what you are asking me and why you are directing that to me.”
With that brief response, Chiyangwa hung up his phone and efforts to call him again were unsuccessful.
The scene at the national shrine caused anxiety among mourners.
A hysterical Bridgette was shouting at the top of her voice as she tried to wrestle out of the hands of relatives and paramedics.
Before regaining composure, Bridgette was screaming and uttering incomprehensible words but a little while later, she appeared to have come to and spoke in fluent English, demanding to be left alone.
“Leave me alone, you people. Where do you want to take me? Do you want to kill me?” she asked.
Relatives who were at Heroes’ Acre said she had been unwell for some time and others questioned the rationale of bringing her to the funeral in the first place.