Zim Air Commodore killed in Inter Africa bus accident in Chegutu

THE Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ) yesterday described the death of general air officer, Air Commodore Pio Pasipamire Maketo, as unbearable.

Air Commodore Maketo, who was Jason Ziyaphapha Moyo AFZ Base Commander, died on Saturday after he was involved in a road accident along the Harare-Bulawayo highway, 10km from Chegutu town.

Pictures of his mangled twin cab involved in a head on collision with the Inter Africa bus have gone viral online. The bus driver also died on the post.

He was 55.

In a statement, Commander AFZ, Air Marshal Elson Moyo, said the AFZ remains indebted to the good leadership and exemplary service Air Commodore Maketo showed.

“The AFZ wishes to announce to the nation that on 07 January 2023, the organisation lost an Air Officer, Air Commodore Pio Pasipamire Maketo, who was Base Commander Jason Ziyaphapha Moyo Air Force Base,” said Air Marshal Moyo.

“The AFZ is deeply saddened by the untimely, tragic loss. We shall forever remain indebted to the good leadership that he bestowed during his tenure of exemplary service in the AFZ. This dark mark will remain unbearable to the organisation and to the Maketo family.

“On behalf of the bereaved family, the AFZ and indeed on my behalf as the Commander Air Force of Zimbabwe, I thank you all for standing with us in this trying time. May the Lord comfort the bereaved family.”

Picture of the late General air officer, Air Commodore Pio Pasipamire Maketo

Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.

— Herald, zwnews