Former Minister’s Mother Succumbs To Coronavirus

Zimbabwe’s fourth coronavirus victim has been identified as Ambuya Nguni, mother to former Minister of State in former Vice President Joyce Mujuru’s office Sylvester Nguni and stepmother to the former Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) member in charge of investigations Goodson Nguni.

She will be buried on Thursday afternoon at the family’s rural home in Mhondoro, Mubaira area.

According to a statement by the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Ambuya Mguni (82), died on 21 April at Westend Hospital in Harare. Identifying her as COVID-19 Case #27, the statement read:

Case #27 reported yesterday was an 82-year-old female resident of Mhondoro who had no history of recent travel or any known contact with a COVID-19 case.

She was reportedly well until the 16th of April 2020 when she developed a flu-like illness with chest symptoms. She received medical treatment with an antibiotic and analgesia, and the symptoms reportedly improved.

However, her condition deteriorated on the 19th of April 2020 and she was ferried to Harare and admitted in a hospital in Harare on the 20 of April 2020.

On admission, the managing clinicians suspected COVID-19 and immediately isolated her and called in the local Rapid Response Team for assessment and sample collection.

Sadly, she deceased in the evening of the 21 of April 2020, giving us a total of four COVID-19 related deaths reported to date.

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