AN elderly Nyanga woman reportedly collapsed and died while singing and dancing at a Zanu PF campaign rally addressed by Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko on Wednesday.
BY OBEY MANAYITI
Zanu PF Nyanga North MP Hubert Nyanhongo confirmed the incident which occurred in the Nyakomba area and identified the woman as Venencia Chitanda.
Nyanhongo said Mphoko donated $500 towards the woman’s burial. “The woman had come to the meeting looking well. She was dancing with others as they were waiting for the arrival of the Vice-President before she suddenly fell. Some say she was asthmatic,” Nyanhongo said.
“However, it must be noted that the Vice-President donated $500 towards the funeral.
“The money will be used towards buying the coffin and food. The money came from the Vice-President, but on behalf of the party.”
Some party members told NewsDay that the incident happened around mid-day well before Mphoko’s arrival.
Well-wishers reportedly rushed her to a local clinic where she was confirmed dead on arrival.
In the run-up to the 2013 harmonised elections, a 52-year-old Harare woman also died under similar circumstances at a Zanu PF campaign rally addressed by President Robert Mugabe at Chibuku Stadium in Chitungwiza.