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South Africa dismisses reports of Zuma “plane malfunction in Uganda”


Government of South Africa has dismissed as false reports that the plane carrying its president, Jacob Zuma to Uganda for President Yoweri Museveni’s inauguration ceremony malfunctioned.

There were several reports that Zuma’s plane broke down at Entebbe International Airport with Zuma using alternative means to go back to South Africa.

However, South African presidency said, “The Presidency has noted media reports which suggest that the President’s aircraft, Inkwazi, experienced a technical fault while in Uganda. The Presidency wishes to confirm that the plane did not experience any technical problems or malfunction of any nature during the visit to Uganda,” Reads part of a statement from South African presidency issued on Saturday.

South Africa’s Water Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, had earlier confirmed that Zuma missed scheduled meetings due to the troubled plane.

But South African office of the president dismissed the talk as mere rumours.

According to the presidency, Mokonyane did not have enough information at the time she was contacted by the press

Zuma was among the 14 presidents among other delegates who attended Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s inauguration ceremony on Thursday May 12 at Kololo Independence Grounds.

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