Ex-minister’s mother succumbs to COVID-19


THE 82-YEAR-OLD mother of former Cabinet minister Sylvester Nguni died at a private hospital in Harare on Tuesday night, becoming the country’s fourth COVID-19 death as infections rose to 29.


Health minister Obadiah Moyo confirmed the death of Gogo Nguni at Westend Hospital.

Nguni, the former State minister in former Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s office, yesterday said he was too busy to comment.

“I am doing something, you can call me tomorrow,” the former minister, whose mother became the first causality in the country from the rural areas, said.

Westend Hospital yesterday said it had closed the casualty department of the hospital where Gogo Nguni was admitted on Tuesday night and disinfected the wing.

The son of businessman James Makamba, Zororo, a broadcaster was the first victim of the deadly virus last month. Neighbouring South Africa has so far lost over 50 people to the virus which has also killed over 181 000 people and infected 2,6 million globally. -We inadvertently stated that Gogo Nguni was in the United Kingdom for the past two months. It has come to our attention that she has never been to the UK in the last Decade. We sincerely apologise to the Nguni family, relatives and friends for the error. -Editor