19 January 2014

Zimbabwe: President's Sister Bridget Dies

Photo: Newzimbabwe
President Robert Mugabe and his wife at Bridget's memorial.

PRESIDENT Mugabe's sister Bridget Zvenhamo Mugabe who has been in hospital since 2010 has died.

She was 78.

Bridget succumbed to heart failure at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals yesterday morning after spending more than three years on a life support unit.

She collapsed at the burial of her sister Sabina at the National Heroes Acre in 2010 and was admitted at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals where she has been in the intensive care unit until her demise yesterday.

Relatives and friends yesterday gathered at State House where they paid condolences to the First Family.

Vice President Joice Mujuru, Ministers Didymus Mutasa (Presidential Affairs), Walter Chidhakwa (Mines and Mining Development), Sydney Sekeremayi (Defence), and service chiefs were among the mourners.

Family spokesperson Mr Kaitano Mugabe told reporters at State House that Bridget would be buried at her rural home in Zvimba tomorrow.

He said Bridget's body would be ferried to Zvimba today where it would lie in state before tomorrow's burial.

Mr Mugabe described Bridget as a woman of rare character who was fearless and courageous. Her death, he said, had left a void in the family and her legacy would be forever cherished.

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