An aircraft with Zimbabwean vice president Constantino Chiwenga and his delegation on board developed a snag at IGI Airport on Friday when the dignitaries were about to fly back to their country.
According to sources, the Boeing 737 (A6-RJX) taxied out at 7 pm for taking off for Zimbabwe. However, soon afterwards it developed a snag and then returned to the terminal at 7:45 pm.
The non schedule flight was operating with a call sign RO-J005. The B737-700 is over two decades old.
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”. — Times Of India