Mugabe sister dies

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President Robert Mugabe’s only surviving sister, Bridgette, who has been in a coma since August 2010 has died. She was 79.

MOSES MATENGA,STAFF REPORTER

Bridgette — who was admitted at Parirenyatwa Hospital since 2010 after collapsing during the burial of her elder sister, Sabina at the National Heroes’ Acre in Harare — died of heart failure.

Brigette caused a stir in 2010 when she was brought to the National Heroes’ Acre against the advice of other family members.

As news of the death of Mugabe’s sister filtered, Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbassogo called off his two-day State visit to Zimbabwe. Nguema was due to arrive in the country this afternoon.

An official in Mugabe’s office told journalists: “He is no longer coming because of the funeral, but he was supposed to come this afternoon (yesterday).”

Mourners, among them Vice-President Joice Mujuru, Zanu PF secretary for administration and Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa, service chiefs, friends and relatives yesterday gathered at State House to pay their condolences to Mugabe and his wife Grace.

Mugabe, whose health had become a subject for speculation since his return from Singapore last week, appeared well, relaxed and often cracked jokes.

Mugabe’s nephew Robert Zhuwao was the first to break the news of the death on the social media Twitter.

“Dark heavy clouds and my heart is bleeding. I have just lost my aunt Bridget Mugabe,” Zhuwao wrote.

According to a close family friend Roman Catholic cleric Fidelis Mukonori, Bridgette was a liberation fighter and might have been affected during a clash with the other forces during the liberation struggle.

“At one point, she was beaten while in the company of her late sister Sabina and she bled through the mouth. Sabina was very touched and angry and also fought back until they won. She would have spasms because of that incident and I think it contributed to her death,” Mukonori said.

“The Mugabe family suffered also from intraparty and interparty violence. Maybe she couldn’t get proper medication and at the Heroes’ Acre, she was affected probably by the noise from the soldiers as they carried the casket of Sabina. She just said ‘my sister’ and those were the last words I heard from her because I was closer.”

Bridgette collapsed and was rushed to hospital after receiving first aid from former Deputy Minister of Health and Child Welfare Edwin Muguti.

She was accompanied to hospital by businessman Philip Chiyangwa, a close Mugabe ,relative who had fought hard to calm her down after she had regained consciousness as she spoke on top of her voice trying to wrestle free from the medical team.

Last year, Mugabe urged Zimbabweans to pray for her as he said “she might be coming to the end of her life”.

Addressing mourners at the burial of former Mashonaland West Governor and Resident Minister Nelson Samukange in Zvimba, Mugabe said Bridgette was experiencing breathing problems.

It is understood that Mugabe cut short his annual leave after news of Bridgette’s deteriorating health.

Bridgette’s body will be taken to Zvimba today before burial tomorrow at Mugabe’s rural home.

34 COMMENTS

    • Its never easy to have a loved one sleep through time into eternity, may God give you comfort Mr. President Sir we are mourning together with you… R.I.P Tete

  1. omuhle, Oh yes Bob is still alive and kicking going strong ufunge and achiri kutonga. I wish him many more years as our leader

  2. My deepest condolences to our commander in chief and the first family may her soul rest in peace.

  3. My fellow Zimbabweans it is soooo disappointed that as educated as you all are you waste your time listening to Baba Jukwa who has shown that he is no longer relevant and is just playing a time wasting guessing game ! God hold life and he is sovereign ,he is not governed by whims and wishes of people.For now is God’s will that Mugabe remains alive and when his time comes it will come like any mortal …in mean time lets pray for our country and our Leader as says the Bible

  4. Saka iro sengu iro ndiro ririkunzi riri kutonga. Kuzendamiswa paseat sechevezwa kudaro. Zimbabwe deserves better

  5. ana mafira kureva! regai mwari atonge zvaanoda. munofa ndimi muchitisiya nemudhara wedu tichingomusendamisa sezvamataura kana mwari ada imi munoziva kusendama mega maenda

  6. Haiwa Mugave svakagara svakatsigirwa kunge mutomatisi unoda chitanda netambo dzekusungira uyo. haana mazhinji. Kufara kwedu hakusi kure. Rufu rwanhuwira paari. muchida musingadi…tomomwira manje manje uyu.

  7. Jukwa said Mugabe collapsed and he is sick ,he never said he has died. From the way he was sitting on yesterday s video footage shows that he is sick.Mugabe is a human being he has to get sick its normal and old people get sick oftenly. If he is sick it must be said not to make it a secret. Mamwe president anotaurwa wani kuti arikurwara they don’t make it a secret. Sata of Zambia was once sick and were informed, last weekend Zuma of S.A was treated at durban hospital it was not made secret.

  8. Rip vatete. To Gushungo i say, long live baba Chatunga, vachaenda vese vanokutukai imi muchingotonga. Vanotukirira vese nekushuvira rufu rwaH.E zivai kuti kana imi muchiri vapenyu musatarisire rufu rwavo.

  9. in our culture do we really wish someone dead that is our president . God has his own way u might be talking about it and u can be the first to die

  10. some foolish pipo long live baba chatunga uchitadza kuzvinamatira or even yo parents check the pictures he is now a moving grave.mxxxm

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