Originally By Times Of India
NEW DELHI — The Times of India is reporting that an aircraft with Vice President Constantino Chiwenga and his aides developed a mechanical fault as it prepared to take off at the Indira Ghandi International airport on Friday 7.00PM.
The Boeing 737 A6-RJX was preparing to take off for Zimbabwe when it developed a snag.
“It taxied off at 7PM for take off to Zimbabwe. However, immediately afterwards it developed a mechanical snag and returned back to the terminal at 7.45 PM.
“The non-scheduled flight was operating with a call sign RO-J005. The Boeing 737-700 is over two decades old,” the Times of India says in a report.
Vice President Chiwenga has been in India since 9 February receiving medical attention. He was whisked away after his health deteriorated.
Deputy Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Energy Mutodi said that Chiwenga was being treated for a “stomach ailment” and was expected in the country “soon.”
In Chiwenga’s absence, President Mnangagwa purged top military commanders in a move seen as consolidating his hold on power amid reports of fresh factional fights in Zanu PF.
Responding to the claims of renewed tension, Presidential spokesperson George Charamba dismissed them as mere speculation.
“You are following what you are reading on the social media but what did the president (Emmerson Mnangagwa) say regarding that? That is the same situation,” Charamba said adding; “you will be told if there is anything to be told”.