Maud Muzenda, 88, the ailing widow of late vice president, Simon Muzenda, has passed away at a private hospital in the capital.

Zanu PF
spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo, a former ambassador to South Africa, says the ruling party was “shocked and dismayed” at her “untimely death”.

The struggle heroin’s son, Tongai, said his mother had “not been feeling well” and was in the capital for check-ups with doctors, when her condition deteriorated.

Muzenda died on Tuesday. Her husband, Simon, who was Zimbabwe’s first vice president, died in 2003.

Mourners are gathered in Chisipite, Harare. Burial arrangements are yet to be announced, but reports indicate that her home province Masvingo is lobbying for her to be accorded “national hero status”.

– By ANA