Mugabe’s son-in-law takes over Air Zimbabwe
Simba Chikore (39), who married Mugabe’s only daughter, Bona (26) in 2004, was on Tuesday confirmed as the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of the cash-strapped Air Zimbabwe.
The appointment makes him second in command to Ripton Muzenda, the chief executive officer of the parastatal who is the son of the late Vice President, Simon Muzenda.
The younger Muzenda assumed his duties in August.
The main opposition Movement for Democratic Change led by former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai slammed the move.
“MDC condemns nepotism at parastatals and government institutions. This confirms that the Mugabe dynasty has virtually privatised the state,” spokesperson Obert Gutu stated.
Leader of the People’s Democratic Party and former finance minister, Tendai Biti, mocked, “How does someone who has never run a tuck shop become COO of a major even though broken parastatal?”
Air Zimbabwe board chairperson, Chipo Dyanda, said Mugabe’s son-in-law “excelled in psychometric tests and interviews.”
Transport and Infrastructure Development, Joram Gumbo, also justified the appointment through government media.
“We are satisfied that his credentials actually surpass the required qualifications. There is nothing untoward about his (Chikore’s) appointment,” said Gumbo, a nephew to Mugabe.
Chikore was said to be among 134 applicants for the post.
Air Zimbabwe stated he had vital experience in the aviation industry having previously worked at the company and as a pilot at such international airlines as Qatar Airways.
– CAJ News
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