Former MDC MP Roy Bennett Dies In New Mexico

By Staff Reporter

Politician and former Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) legislator for Chimanimani constituency Roy Leslie Bennett who was affectionately known as Pachedu meaning (Between us) has died.

According to news filtering through social media, Bennett and his wife Heather Bennett were confirmed to have been tragically killed in a helicopter crash in New Mexico on Thursday.

MDC-T Vice President and Kuwadzana East legislator Nelson Chamisa was the first to break the news on his social media Twitter handle when he tweeted;

Lawyer and founding member of the MDC David Coltart also expressed shock upon the sad passing on of Bennett.

Former Finance Minister during the 2013 inclusive government Tendai Biti tweeted that the death of Bennet was a loss to mankind and a blow to the struggle.

During his active involvement in opposition politics, Bennet served as the treasurer of MDC.

On 28 June 2005, Bennett was released from Chikurubi Prison after spending eight months of his twelve-month sentence in custody for assaulting Patrick Chinamasa the then incumbent justice minister.

Bennett, who could have turned 61 on February 16 next month leaves behind two children Casey and Charles.

 

 

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