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Former MDC-T Treasurer-General Roy Bennett and wife has died

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Former Finance Minister Tendai Biti paid tribute to the outspoken former Chimanimani legislator

“Just learnt of the tragic passing on in Canada of Heather and Roy Pachedu Badze Bennett. What a serious loss to mankind. What a blow to Charles and the rest of the family. What a blow to our struggle . I can’t believe I can’t believe I will never speak to you again Badze !” Biti wrote.

Former Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) Treasurer-General Roy Bennett and his wife Heather have died in a helicopter crash in North America.

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Former Education Minister David Coltart writing on Twitter said;“I have just confirmed from three separate reliable sources that Roy and Heather Bennett have been tragically killed in a helicopter accident in North America. I am devastated- they were two of Zimbabwe’s greatest patriots. My condolences are extended to their family and friends.”Journalist Ranga Mberi writing on Twitter said:

“I remember when I was a reporter at The Standard & called Roy Bennett. Didn’t know then that he spoke Shona. I kept asking for Mr Bennett. He kept shouting back “ndati ndivo vano VaBennett”. And I was wondering which fella is this taking me for a fool in that Manyika accent. RIP.”

MDC-T vice-president Mr Nelson Chamisa confirmed the couple’s tragic death this evening saying “I’m devastated as I have just received tragic news about Roy Bennet and wife’s involvement in a helicopter crash while in Canada.”

Journalist Innocent Chofamba Sithole also paid tribute saying;

“Sad about the tragic passing of Roy Bennett and wife. Pachedu was a man of the people. Way before politics our people kanyi in Chimanimani were devastated by Cyclone Eline. How Roy stepped up to assist the community entrenched him in the hearts of his compatriots. He will be missed!”

Bennett was one of the three white parliamentarians elected in the Zimbabwean parliamentary election, 2000 despite the intimidation against MDC voters by supporters of ZANU-PF. During the election campaign, his wife who was three months pregnant, was physically abused by ZANU activists on their farm and subsequently miscarried her baby boy.

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