Transport minister under fire

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Transport minister Joram Gumbo has come under fire from various stakeholders in the economy for failing to transform parastatals under his portfolio and develop critical infrastructure in the country. Minister Rugare Gumbo The Zanu PF legislator was appointed to the key ministry in September 2015, with the specific mandate of reviving Air Zimbabwe, National Railways of Zimbabwe, Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe, Central Mechanical and Engineering Department among others and ensuring the country’s road infrastructure was up to scratch. However, since his appointment almost two-and-half years ago, critics have questioned…

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REVEALED: How Mnangagwa sabotages Air Zim

President Emmerson Mnangagwa could see the national airliner, Air Zim shut down during his term in office. Mnangagwa is flying in and out of the country using charted flights while the national airliner, Air Zimbabwe is on the verge of an imminent closure. Air Zimbabwe, is reportedly operating with only two aircrafts out of a possible ten and with only four pilots who are all exposed to extremely long hours of work. Sources within the airline indicated that the carrier is on the verge of an imminent closure as passengers…

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Outrage as president Mnangagwa blows US$2,3 million on China trip

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly gobbled over $2,3 million to charter a private Swiss luxury jet to the Chinese capital, Beijing, sources in the aviation industry claimed yesterday. Mnangagwa, who arrived in China on his first State visit to the Asian country since he took over the levers of power from his predecessor, Robert Mugabe last November, has been accused of snubbing the limping national airline, Air Zimbabwe, preferring chartered private jets. In January, Mnangagwa also hired a private jet to Davos, Switzerland, as well as when he travelled to…

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Caaz board incompetent – Parly

Parliament’s Transport and Infrastructural Development portfolio committee has slammed the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (Caaz) board, saying it comprises people without aviation knowledge and experience. In a report on the Civil Aviation Amendment Bill, the committee’s chairperson, Christopher Chitindi, said “stakeholders suggested that the Caaz board should be appointed in accordance with Section 10(2) of the Civil Aviation Act, which stipulates that board members should be appointed for their knowledge, ability and experience in aviation or finance”. “Section 10 (3) was quoted which provides that ‘At least one member…

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We mismanaged our airline: Prisca Mupfumira

Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira says the problems bedeviling Air Zimbabwe are a result of mismanagement, which the new Government is working flat out to address. Tourism Minister Prisca Mupfumira Speaking in London this week where she met the Zimbabwean diaspora community and foreign delegates during a tourism engagement event, she said resuming Air Zimbabwe’s international flights to major tourism source markets is a top priority as Government moves to ensure the country is a favourable tourism and business destination. The Minister said Government was seized with capacitating…

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Former CEO sues Air Zimbabwe

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By Daniel Nemukuyu Former Air Zimbabwe chief executive officer Captain Ripton Muzenda has taken the airline to the High Court claiming outstanding salaries and benefits amounting to $42 801. Air Zimbabwe chief executive officer (CEO), Ripton Muzenda (left) Cpt Muzenda was last year fired by the Professor Chipo Dyanda-led Air Zimbabwe board on allegations of disregarding a directive to implement a staff rationalisation exercise that was designed to save the firm up to $2,4 million. When the contract was terminated, the parties agreed on a package, but Air Zimbabwe has…

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Govt scraps duty for NRZ, AirZim

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By Tendai Kamhungira The government has exempted two struggling parastatals, the Air Zimbabwe and the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) from paying duty on spare parts. National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) trains This comes as the government is seeking to revive the rail and air transport system, which has been failing to make a mark, owing to the depreciating infrastructure within these parastatals, despite being important components in the development of the country’s economy. “It is hereby notified that the minister of Finance and Economic Development has, in terms of…

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Measures to resuscitate tourism to be introduced

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THE Government is set to introduce a cocktail of measures to resuscitate and capacitate the tourism industry including changing the visa regime to enable most tourists to apply for visas at the port of entry, speeding immigration clearance time, building new airports and refurbishing existing ones. Officially launching the National Consultative Stakeholder Workshop on Tourism Strategy, Vice President General Dr Constantino Guveya Dominic Chiwenga (Retired) said efforts were also underway to acquire new state-of-the-art equipment to improve aircraft and baggage handling. “Government on its part is committed to creating a…

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AirZim, Caaz square off

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By Andrew Kunambura Struggling national flag carrier, Air Zimbabwe (AirZim) is locked in a bitter wrangle with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAAZ) over a three-year arrangement involving air ticket charges and passenger service fees, it has emerged. Air Zimbabwe The two parastatals had buried the hatchet when CAAZ climbed down from the forced arrangement whereby AirZim passengers were paying the fees directly to the authority before departure as opposed to the normal procedure whereby they are composited on the air tickets. Passengers have been paying passenger service fees of $15…

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