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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Angeline Masuku is the former Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province and a member of the Senate. She is also the former Governor of Matabeleland South. Read More About Angeline Masuku

A military coup code-named Operation Restore Legacy was executed in Zimbabwe in November 2017 and it resulted in the forced resignation of President Robert Mugabe. Mugabe had been the leader of Zimbabwe for thirty-seven years. The coup was led by the military general, Constantino Chiwenga... Read More About Operation Restore Legacy

Jabulani Sibanda is a former member of the Zanu-PF party and former leader of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association. Widely viewed in Zimbabwe as controversial, Sibanda has been suspended and expelled from the Zanu-PF party on different occasions, the latest being in November... Read More About Jabulani Sibanda


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