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Simba Chikore left AirZim voluntarily: Gumbo

By Zvamaida Murwira

Former Air Zimbabwe chief operating officer Mr Simba Chikore left the national airline voluntarily to concentrate on helping some indigenous Zimbabweans bring aircraft to fly local, regional and international routes, a Cabinet Minister has said.

Then First Lady Grace Mugabe with daughter Bona and her husband Simba Chikore
Then First Lady Grace Mugabe with daughter Bona and her husband Simba Chikore

Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo said Mr Chikore’s departure from Air Zimbabwe had nothing to do with circumstances leading to the resignation of former President Robert Mugabe as insinuated by some privately owned publications.

Mr Chikore is son-in-law to the former Head of State and Government after he married his daughter, Bona.

In an interview recently, Minister Gumbo said it was unfair for the media to try to link Mr Chikore’s departure at the national airline with the former Head of State and Government’s exit from power.

Minister Gumbo said Mr Chikore and him had been assisting Zimbabwe Aviation Leasing Company, a firm comprising enterprising Zimbabweans interested in aviation.

He said Mr Chikore had been helping the indigenous firm to secure aircraft that would ply Zimbabwe and other routes, including complementing Air Zimbabwe.

The firm, he said, will take over from where Government had left in courting international airlines.

Minister Gumbo said the Zimbabwe Aviation Leasing Company had since applied for a licence to fly to London, Dubai, the Far East, Nigeria and some long distances within Africa.

“Their plans are also to fly to Sao Paulo, Brazil,” he said. “If all goes well, one or two airlines, which are airlines run by our own people, might be in the skies before Christmas.

“So, his departure is mainly linked to his involvement with this firm, which he is merely assisting. He has no shares at all, but using his expertise. What was happening was that Air Zimbabwe was not getting full value from him because of his commitment to this firm and he decided to leave.”

Minister Gumbo said Government will continue exploring ways to assist Air Zimbabwe so that it comes back on its feet.

“Air Zimbabwe itself is ailing, it is not doing very well as we are all aware,” he said. “This is why I requested Cabinet to allow us to go into partnership with any other airline to make sure that we remain in the skies.

“As I speak, the aircraft that we have at Air Zimbabwe are old and cannot fly into Europe. Some are even banned from flying into South Africa because they make a lot of noise, and that is a fact.” The Herald

  • Cherokee Dai asina kuregedza ega aitozodzingwa chete

  • Whatever, nobody cares

  • Inhema idzo panga popisa uye dai asina kupabva airumbirirwa.

  • This minister must also get fired he us a G40 cabal

  • Point of correction! Haana kubva kubviswa face th truth

  • Gumbo is lying. That seat was now burning after first family was exposed for its dirty dynasty minded

  • Mai no mwana kuita ma Christmas tree! Kupfeka rudzii uku!? Chai!
    Hembe ya Bona kana direction haina!

  • Dude these Mugabe women will ruin you like they ruined Bob you ain’t seen nothing yet

  • This Minister, was there no conflict of interest in all this scenario yet he tries to justify zvisina maturo

  • Ngayende uyo ndisati ndavuyako handidi zvokubwereketa

  • That guy is contaminated with the Mugabe virus because of association,he must be quarantined from all national progress issues for the next 40 years!!!!

  • Nonsense ,u helping him spread this bullshit when we all know the truth dont be ignorant

  • Y only after a certain event had transpired????

  • Diva Dollar

    This speaks volume of serious conflict of interest then!

  • Kash Mani

    liar , you couldnt stand the embarassment , idiot and fuck off

  • Nobody give a damn about his departure…, Good riddance anyway

  • Unomutevera ukada kunyepa.The situation no longer allows that nonsense.Mugabe is not in charge anymore, so it ends there.Bona must resign too.

  • Feeling the heat, The undeserving Chikore who got the top job through nepotism finally quit Air Zimbabwe. Izvi zvamuri kuda kutiudza muchifunga kuti tiri ma grade 3 ndezve kumama.

  • The difference is the same

  • No one to cover your ass since you not clever enough to run that show

  • ndokanzwira tsitsi kamfana kekuzaoga aka kakangotora mwana wagire aishambadzirwa kuti i virgin naambhuya pa national news and events. ndopatabengenuka pfungwa vamwe vedu kuti ambhuya gire mu gwere chaiye. Hope soon the Chikore family will also rush to the courts claiming compensation for fraud by intent.Hakunazve mai vachazvideredza neku claimer hu virgin hwemwana sevaiswera naye ku China

  • The earlier the better kokungoti vavakuda relocation with mother inlaw

  • What does Gumbo gain from trying to make us believe what we know isn’t true? How much is Chikowore paying him for these falsehoods. He should tell these lies to Bona so that she stops accusing her husband of deserting the job her parents organized for him.

  • So that he can say ” i left own my own

  • AKAZVIONA

  • Bob made a lot of mistakes over his last few years in office. Chikore should never ever have been given the job in the first place.

  • He has to be investigated akadziya moto

  • Gumbo shld be fired as well for corruption and BOOTLICKING. …

  • Who r u kidding?

  • Ok

  • Even if he was forced who cares majority we not working

  • Zvasiyanei nekuti Dr. Mhamha vakabva pachigaro che woman’s league voluntarily

  • Zim Airways…. Chokwadi chichabuda pachena..

  • No to mugabe state capture

  • Mugabe also voluntarily resigned….

  • Henza

    Hiring Gumbo is trying to cover up, the new airline must be investigated,

  • Helping who? Ahhh wht does he knw abt aviation?

  • Lies Mr Minister

  • Icho!

    Or else he was appointed in a calculated move by the people behind the new airline to be. Rather like a country getting someone appointed as PM in an enemy country then calling him over to their side when they had what they needed to know and he had done what was necessary to neutralize their competitor.

  • Chikore next tym don’t be involved with the in laws businesses ingawani wanga uyinechikoro chako…

  • Gumbo atotanga kutaura zvekunyepa…..akarohwa anotaura zvakawanda

  • Coz he was done looting the airline I suggest they arrest him as well!

  • Kkkk akabrokesa air zim thats it ave kutya kusungwa

  • Dai atongoisa hake momz nemwana wavo cz basa redu takabvuta.

  • iye Bona akapusa achatorerwa murume naDoctor Amai. mazuvano vave panzara Chipanga akavharirwaka

  • Bhora Resimbi

    we all know he left because Army told him what was coming

  • Bona ndeuyo akapfeka zebra here

  • You are the man bro.

  • The minister said it all on Zbc Tv that he’s not part of that deal at all

  • Kupikowo akaona kt vanhu vajamuka vadya nduru ,zvadhaqwa akadii kuramba pskapiwa basa

  • We know very well why he resigned. Dont try to defend using non-existent reasoning.

  • Because he knew the corruption net was soon going to catch up with him as he was just handpicked for the job.

  • Chikore l hope u learnt a vital lesson in your life, kuita mkwasha waDictator/tyrant uye mad psychopath marujata kunouya nemuseredzero. You are now seriously tainted or contaminated nemhuri iyi hence u need thorough cleansing , decontamination and possibly exorcism huye woperekedzwazve kumaPoshitanga/mapositori naambuya vako dr stop it umbondonyudzwa mujorodhani katatu kuda ungapepuka 🤣

    Ko mwana ndewani?

  • Ko mungatiiko?

  • Muchinda

    Dropping like flies… This Fool used by Mugabe , Hanzi Mugabe dynasty b*#** please enda unorima prazi ra bona .. Bhoko iBhoko..

  • Voluntarily???🤔

  • Mugabe Airways.

  • He knows whats coming why not last month

  • Vangagoti kudiiko vo

  • The writing was on the wall. This new dispensation should hve no room for those who dragged our country in muddy waters.They almost controlled everything and displayed a high degree of arrogance. Good riddance.

  • The writing was on the wall. This new dispensation should hve no room for those who dragged our country in muddy waters.They almost controlled everything and displayed a high degree of arrogance. Good riddance.