Two dead in Harare airport job recruitment

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By Staff Reporter

TWO aspiring Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) security personnel died after ‘medical complications’ during a routine selection road run early Wednesday.

In a statement Wednesday, CAAZ said the two men whose identities and names were not given had passed on at Parirenyatwa General Hospital after being taken ill.

“It is with a deep sense of sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the deaths of two potential male candidates during the recruitment exercise.

The deceased passed on at Parirenyatwa General Hospital where they had been taken for medical attention after complications during the road runner,”  CAAZ communications officer, identified as J Hungwe said in a statement.

Social media claims throughout the day had suggested the two died in a stampede as hordes jostled for jobs in an economy that continues to struggle to produce any formal employment.

CAAZ said the affected families had been notified of the deaths and were now working with the Authority to deal with the attendant issues.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration has promised to turn around the ailing economy but things seem to have taken a turn for the worst following the introduction of a 2% transaction tax across the board triggering a fresh meltdown including disappearances of basic goods from supermarket shelves as well as skyrocketing prices.

Thousands of Zimbabweans have been forced to seek jobs outside the country, some under tough conditions while those that have chosen to tough it out find solace hawking anything they can lay their hands on in the streets of the country’s major urban centres, albeit with constant harassment from authorities.