Sabina, President Mugabe’s sister, who quit active politics two year’s ago, had been in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Her son, Leo, confirmed earlier on Wednesday that her mother was very ill and was in hospital at Avenues clinic.
But sources in government and medical fraternity familiar with her illness said she passed on in the early hours of Thursday in front of some of her relatives that were at her bedside.
An official announcement would be made later today (Thursday) after a go-head from President Mugabe and her other family members. The announcement will be broadcast on National Radio and Television.
Sabina bowed down from active politics due to ill health before the 2008 harmonised elections. Sources had earlier indicated that the former Mashonaland West Provincial politician’s condition was worrying.
She served as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Makonde East in 1985 and later became the legislator for Zvimba South between 1990 and 2008. She was also a member of the ZANU-PF women’s league serving as its national secretary for production and labour.
During her time in active politics Sabina was part of what seemed to be the Mugabe political dynasty with President Mugabe ruling the country while she served in parliament with her two sons and their cousin, prominent business Philip Chiyangwa.