Muzenda appointed new Airzim boss

HARARE - National Airline, Air Zimbabwe (Airzim), has appointed Ripton Muzenda as its new chief executive.

Muzenda, who is son to the late Vice President Simon Muzenda, takes over from Edmund Makona who has been in an acting capacity since September 2013.

The qualified pilot already has his work cut out for him as he is expected to revive fortunes of the national flag carrier which is suffering from legal issues and a $300 million debt, a situation attributed to government’s interference and lack of shareholder support.

Despite doing extremely well on the domestic routes, Airzim is currently facing stiff competition on the lucrative Harare-Johannesburg route from South African Airways and low cost carrier Fastjet Zimbabwe.

The push to appoint a substantive chief executive comes after Parliament — through its Transport and Infrastructure Development portfolio committee — urged the government to expeditiously finalise the selection of a strategic partner for the airline that is in dire need of fresh capital injection.

Aviation experts say the national flag carrier urgently requires a technical partner to offer fresh capital that would enable it to also acquire new, more efficient equipment.

The airline’s current fleet includes Boeing 737-200 (Advanced), Boeing 767-200 ER and Airbus A320-200.

Comments (10)

Ndi Vitalis ka uyu, class mate yangu. Congrats!!!. When did yu change yo first name to Ripton

s shumba - 16 August 2016

This is not Vitalis,its the other brother,see the photo in the Herald.Hope he rekindles the good old days of direct Harare/London flights.

Answer - 16 August 2016

Anomharisa ndege makeke.I remember his old routes HRE/LON/FRNKFT.

viola gwena - 16 August 2016

But iwe Viola Gwena, kugona kumharisa ndege does not make one a good airline manager. That airline is sick, potse potse zvekutoda anaMakandiwa chaivo :-)

Pafunge767 - 16 August 2016

@Pafunge767 i think these are comments from where the new chap is coming from -its simply an enjoyable recollection of past events, we are yet to see what he can do in his new capacity as CEO because he hasnt done anything yet! Mupeyi nguva the you rant like you are doing if he is found foul! Remember its difficult function he's taking on because any of his long range jets can be commandeered to some destination at a moment's whim, so take it with a pinch of salt.

Gurinhwa - 17 August 2016

What qualifies Muzenda to be a CEO?Certainly not just his pilot qualifications,for there a a lot more to airline management than just technical qualifications.I wish both him and AirZim the very best.I hope it had nothing to do with the Muzenda name/politics.

Chikata - 17 August 2016

Asi Muzenda aifungei achi tumidza mwana kuti Ripton??

Madyira Pazhe - 17 August 2016

Confusing here. Ripton Muzenda the pilot, was my class mate at Kutama College from 1983 to 1988 and lived with his parents in Zengeza 3, Chitungwiza. Reporters verify some of the information yu dish out to us before we challenge yu on these falsehoods. He is in no way the son of the late VP.

major - 17 August 2016

Captain Ripton Muzenda a gentleman par excellence welcome with two hands. We hope you are going to look at Air Zim affairs including the workers who were kicked out by Edmund Makona that their issue is settled in a human way. We love you brother.

NYASHA - 18 August 2016

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