Mugabe hires private plane

HARARE - As the Zimbabwe rot continues unabated, President Robert Mugabe has been forced to hire a private jet for his recent overseas travels.

This comes after the poorly-performing national carrier, Air Zimbabwe, failed to complete the servicing of its planes, which Mugabe uses, and which are undergoing mandatory maintenance checks.

The Daily News learnt yesterday that Mugabe is currently leasing a private jet from Bahrain, which he used to travel to Singapore last week for his medical check-up, as well as for his trip to Ghana yesterday, where he was among dignitaries at the West African country’s 60th independence celebrations.

Transport minister Joram Gumbo yesterday confirmed the less than ideal situation, while also moving to underplay the gravity of the situation.

“Our planes are on mandatory inspection. They are grounded and cannot do long-haul trips,” Gumbo told the Daily News.

“But there is nothing unusual here. We normally hire from South Africa whenever there is a need. Yes, the one you are talking about, we hired it from Bahrain. We do it every time. I don’t know why it’s news,” he claimed.

Air Zim’s old fleet comprises two Boeing 767s, three 737s, three MA60s and two Airbus A320s. However, only four of those are flying: one airbus, one Boeing 767, one 737 and an MA60.

The debt-ridden flag carrier, which is said to be losing up to $3 million a month, is saddled with a $300 million declared debt.

The national carrier has also over the past three decades struggled to shake off claims of corruption and ineptitude, which has led to the dismissals of several of its boards and senior managers.

Comments (8)

It's a shame and the CEO son in law

Slim Cat - 7 March 2017

'We do it all the time', this idiot is not even ashamed of himself and his boss Mugabage

Haruna - 7 March 2017

So what is the son in law doing there if the AirZim is make a $3 million loss every month? Shutting the whole thing will save the country $3 million every month, which is $36 million a year - enough to repair a significant section of our roads, or feed the drought/flood hit people, or repair one of the Kariba turbine and have more power, or pay policemen and have our roads back again (without these spike throwing uneducated idiotic tapeworms masquerading as traffic police on the roads), or revamp our national railways which is critical for bulk shipping, or revamp our agriculture which has gone to the dogs - many things we can do. We cant keep that AirZim thing open so that the son in law and the Muzenda kinsman can have a job each.

XG - 8 March 2017

@XG true think air Simbabwe is used as a platform to by the family to abuse the airline as much as they can

ABC - 8 March 2017

ma decision anaBob ndeehwahwa kupera. Either way off or just empty emotions. Hapana nguva yekuti dzu-u kufunga.

selele - 8 March 2017

if this is not disrespecting .total abuse of tax payer money abuse of power what is it ?what gains are we earning as a nation from the hired planes can zanu and Mugabe tell us please , From the look of things it seems this old man wants go with every cent the nation has to his grave ,He is hopping from one plane to another just for joy ridding winding his few days left for him on earth when people are suffering including his followers . Enough is enough pasi na Bob pasi ne vatsigiri vake The nation is very angry and hungry bcoz of Mugabe haawu suka mani kanti unjani lo Munyasa

Diibulaanyika - 8 March 2017

hiring a plane as if hiring a taxi cab ayas

Facts - 8 March 2017

they want to name our airport, uz etc after his name. Very soon they will go after our capital city to be named after rgm

Facts - 8 March 2017

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