Masvingo acting provincial police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa denied claims that villagers in Nyajena communal lands in Masvingo South looted wards of cash from the wreckage of a Cessna light aircraft that crashed in a hill near Renco Mine.
All five passengers were killed when the plane crashed last Friday. The plane, which was heading to Victoria Falls with Chiredzi conservancy operator Barry Style in the cockpit, had taken off from Buffalo Range Airport before it crashed at Chamanjenjere Hills in the Tokwane-Ngundu area at around 0740hrs. Style and his four passengers perished in the crash, whose cause is not yet known, although preliminary reports indicate that the plane started disintegrating while it was airborne.
Assistant Inspector Dhewa said police actually recovered hard currency cash and bond notes together with other valuables from the plane debris. Said Dhewa:
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We do not have reports that any cash or valuables were looted by anyone from the Nyajena plane crash site and in actual fact we recovered about $500 in bond notes and over US$400, among other valuables, from the plane’s wreckage.