UPDATED: Minister Collapses During Independence Day Celebrations

Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Bulawayo Angeline Masuku collapsed today at White City Stadium where she was attending the Independence Day celebrations.  She collapsed in the middle of reading President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s speech at White City Stadium on Wednesday.

Masuku, who walks with the aid of a walking stick, started sweating and stammering before whispering to people who were seated around her to come and assist her. NewZimbabwe.com reports that Masuku’s aides, security details and nurses took almost 30 minutes to resuscitate her before she finally proceeded with her speech after being attended to by nurses.

Masuku had earlier on taken her time to inspect the guard of honour mounted by the police, army and the prison services. Before her collapse, she had also repeatedly read the same sentences which she had read before. Provincial Administrator, Khonzani Ncube told the gathering that minister Masuku had been advised by her doctor to rest but she claimed that the minister had insisted on attending the occasion because she “loves the day”.

Masuku was suspended, along with 18 other members for attending a war veterans meeting addressed by Christopher Mutsvangwa and Jabulani Sibanda in March 2016. However, in July 2017 the suspension was lifted. She was appointed Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Bulawayo by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on December 1, 2017 following Operation Restore Legacy.

 

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