ZANU PF Mashonaland West Proportional Representation MP, Joan Tsogorani, died at West End Clinic on Monday following a hypertension attack.
The lawmaker’s husband, Otten Tsogorani, told NewsDay yesterday that his wife died at West End Clinic, a private hospital in Harare.
“She passed on on Monday evening after showing signs of recovering. She had been unwell for the past three months and was now receiving specialist treatment in Harare, but suddenly, her health further deteriorated and she was rushed to hospital. The doctors said she had suffered respiratory failure and they could not resuscitate her. We have lost a pillar in the family,” he said.
Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda confirmed Tsogorani’s death on Tuesday.
“It is with profound sorrow that I have to inform the House of the death on Monday, September 21, 2015, of the Proportional Representation Member of Parliament for Mashonaland West Province, Hon Joan Tsogorani,” Mudenda said.
Tsogorani received a tongue-lashing from First Lady Grace Mugabe in July this year for fanning factionalism.
She had also been under pressure from party hawks who wanted her recalled from Parliament on allegations of working with suspended former provincial chairperson Ziyambi Ziyambi to promote factionalism in the province and manipulating her election under the women’s quota system.
Zanu PF insiders told NewsDay that during Grace’s visit to Kadoma in July, Tsogorani collapsed and was rushed to hospital where she was diagnosed of high blood pressure after being rebuked by the First Lady for allegedly working with Ziyambi to promote factionalism.
“After being admitted at Kadoma General Hospital, she later was transferred to Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital where she went blind and subsequently died on Monday,” the source said.