Hwende Blames Helicopter Crash on ZANU PF
MDC Alliance Secretary-General, Chalton Hwende, has said the Air Force of Zimbabwe helicopter crash that happened at Plot 2 of Gardner Road, Ward 16 in Goromonzi, Mashonaland East could have been avoided.
The helicopter Agusta Bell 412 (AB 412) helicopter crashed into a house on Friday, caught fire, killed four people – two AFZ pilots, Flight- Lieutenant Annita Mapiye who is Zimbabwe’s first female helicopter fighter pilot and Wing Commander Tinashe Thomas Mapiye, an AFZ technician Flight Sergeant Chikamhi, and 18-month-old toddler – Jade Fenyere who was sleeping in the house and injured two more people.
Two people – a toddler and her mother, who were injured, were taken to the Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals and later transferred to the Trauma Centre in Borrowdale for treatment and were reportedly in a stable condition Friday night.
Hwende said the helicopter crash could have been avoided if the ZANU PF government had invested in new aircraft. He said:
The death of an Air Force of Zimbabwe cadres in yesterday’s helicopter crush is unfortunate. But the accident could have been avoided if the ZANU PF government had invested in new aircraft instead of relying on ramshackle helicopters acquired by the colonial regime 50 years ago.
Meanwhile, the government has said investigations are underway to establish the cause of the crash.
The crash comes barely days after reports that President Emmerson Mnangagwa had bought an US$18 million helicopter he allegedly intends to use mainly for the 2023 electoral campaign.
The reports infuriated some who argued that the incumbent leadership was getting its priorities wrong.
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