Chikore left AirZim voluntarily: Gumbo

Minister Joram Gumbo

Minister Joram Gumbo

Zvamaida Murwira, Harare Bureau
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.

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 Cde 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.”


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  • Ngqaza

    So the idiot was merely milking hundreds of thousands if not millions for nothing from the national airline… Nxxx

  • josefa chinotimba

    Stop telling us your nonsense Gumbo,we know that this idiot was fired.He had gotten that position because of his father in law.And now that the father in law is no longer the President,he was then fired.
    Good riddance from the Air Zim board of directors.

    • chinos

      Spineless Gumbo.deadwood

      • Essexvale

        He may have been acting differently to previous times they met.

    • Wellington

      In normal conditions that guy would be his ancestor in law kkkk

      • Jofa

        I thought that at first but then I subsequently thought…what if she really fancies him and vice versa..

  • Nkunzemnyama

    Yaaaaa laba bantu be zany bacabanga ukuthi we are stupid, we can not think. This is simple logic. The idiot was appointed by his father in law. Now that he is gone,,,,its futseki !

    • Cetshwayo kaGodlwayo Original

      On what basis do you say? You’re a bore & no one is enjoying your conversation? You have an agenda to promote, do you?

      • Nkunzemnyama

        The fact that you read means you are enjoying wena s’khotha mdidi sika Bob lo Gileyisi.

        • Cetshwayo kaGodlwayo Original

          It can’t be vexatious when they keep winning their court cases.

      • Gatsha

        Am sure uhlala loMgabe loDisgrace wena straight

        • Cetshwayo kaGodlwayo Original

          Yes I do, I’m their gardener!!

  • igy

    How can it be “unfair” kodwa Gumbo? He was appointed not on merit but by virtue of bedding Bona…so when he resigns days before his appointee is also booted out…it is infact “fair” to assume there is a connection there. kanti khona vele why are you so emotionally about his departure. Angithi lalihambe lonke vele eMalaya for the planes inspection zaleyo ZimAir yakhona???

  • Nomthandazo Pinky Dube

    A larger peniis has a certain aesthetic value but it has to belong to someone who is intuitive and eager to please.

  • Kabius Kekedu

    Cde Gumbo tell the truth. The guy, Chokore left to concentrate on the business of Grace Mugabe who wants to start her own company called Zimbabwe Air set to compete with Air Zimbabwe. Grace Gucci has already bought some of the flying machines in Malaysia. Gumbo, you know all this full well but you decide to withhold that vital information. Manjeee soooo!!!!!!!