President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday hired his third luxury jet from the United Arab Emirates inside a week to fly him to South Africa.
The Airbus A319-119CJ Elite, which landed in Harare at 2.47AM on Monday, left Harare just after 3PM with the Zimbabwe leader on board. It landed at Lanseria International Airport just outside Johannesburg at 4.40PM. Mnangagwa is attending a SADC Solidarity Conference on Western Sahara, which has been occupied by Morocco since 1975. The conference will confirm the region’s support for the decolonisation of the occupied territory and for the holding of a referendum on self-determination for the Saharawi people.
Air Zimbabwe’s scheduled service to Johannesburg left Harare at mid-day on Monday. On Thursday last week, Mnangagwa hired an Airbus A318-112(CJ) Elite from Dubai with registration A6-CAS at an estimated cost of US$200,000 based on the owners’ US$12,500 hourly rate. The plane only took him to Bulawayo from Harare and back – a round trip of about 80 minutes. ZimLive reports A6-CAS flew back to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday evening, on the same day that Mnangagwa took a smaller aircraft, believed to be a Dassault Falcon 900B, for a trip to Angola.