Simba Chikore joins Air Zim

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nye­mudzai Kakore

THE Air Zim­babwe board has ap­pointed, with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, Mr Simba Chikore as the new chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer, mak­ing him the sec­ond in com­mand at the paras­tatal.

Mr Chikore is Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe’s son- in- law who is married to his only daugh­ter Mrs Bona Mu­gabeChikore.

He is a pi­lot with ex­pe­ri­ence in the civil avi­a­tion in­dus­try.

Air Zim­babwe board chair­per­son Pro­fes­sor Chipo Dyanda con­firmed Mr Chikore’s ap­point­ment yes­ter­day say­ing he had be­come the best can­di­date for the job af­ter hav­ing ex­celled in in­ter­views that were con­ducted for the post.

“It is cor­rect that Mr Chikore has been ap­pointed to the post. He does ex­ceed the min­i­mum re­quire­ments. He also ex­celled in psy­cho­me­t­ric tests and in­ter­views,” she said.

Mr Chikore’s ap­point­ment comes hard on the heels of the ap­point­ment of the paras­tatals chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mr Rip­ton Muzenda in Au­gust.

Prior to the cru­cial ap­point­ments, the paras­tatal had been fac­ing vast chal­lenges, which in­clude delays in flight sched­ules and re­vival of lu­cra­tive re­gional and in­ter­na­tional routes, em­ploy­ees wel­fare’, among other is­sues.

Com­ment­ing on the ap­point­ment, Trans­port and In­fras­truc­tural Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Dr Jo­ram Gumbo said he had ap­proved rec­om­men­da­tions by the board’s air­line af­ter he was sat­is­fied by Mr Chikore’s cre­den­tials.

Dr Gumbo said Mr Chikore was one of the 134 ap­pli­cants who ap­plied and at­tended in­ter­views con­ducted by the board and a team of con­sul­tants.

“He has a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in the avi­a­tion in­dus­try that he gained ini­tially at Air Zim­babwe, and sub­se­quently with in­ter­na­tional air­lines like Qatar. He ex­celled dur­ing the in­ter­view, and we are sat­is­fied that his cre­den­tials ac­tu­ally sur­pass the re­quired qual­i­fi­ca­tions,” said Dr Gumbo.

He said the ap­point­ment had noth­ing to do with his re­la­tion­ship with the First Fam­ily where he is a son-in -law.

“We ap­pointed him in his own right as Simba Chikore. Remember, he is a Zim­bab­wean who is en­ti­tled to take up any job as long as those of­fer­ing it are sat­is­fied that he is the best per­son. Remember, in any so­ci­ety, there are re­la­tions and that should not dis­tract us from ap­point­ing com­pe­tent peo­ple.

“There is noth­ing un­to­ward about that. In any case, the Pres­i­dent is my nephew. Can peo­ple there­fore ob­jec­tively al­lege that I was ap­pointed in ir­reg­u­lar cir­cum­stances? We can­not deny some­one a job on the ba­sis that he is re­lated to another per­son even when we are sat­is­fied that he is the best for the post,” said Dr Gumbo.

He said the ap­point­ment of Mr Chikore was con­sis­tent with his thrust to restruc­ture and re­or­gan­ise the na­tional air­line so that it re­turns to vi­a­bil­ity.

“This is why we are mak­ing all these changes. Right now, I am look­ing for a part­ner to work with Air Zim­babwe. I want a strong man­age­ment that will bring Air Zim­babwe back to prof­itabil­ity. I have con­fi­dence in the board, and we need to strengthen the man­age­ment team,” said Dr Gumbo.

Brick mould­ing is brisk busi­ness in the Fingo area of Mbe­m­besi. How­ever, the mould­ing of bricks close to a com­mu­nal dam re­sults in sil­ta­tion. The com­mu­nity re­cently raised con­cern over sil­ta­tion of dams and the need to scoop the dams in the area. They are hop­ing that the Zim­babwe Re­silience Build­ing Fund pro­gramme which is im­ple­mented jointly with the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Mech­a­ni­sa­tion and Ir­ri­ga­tion Devel­op­ment will among its key ac­tiv­i­ties see the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of in­fra­struc­ture such dams, ir­ri­ga­tion schemes and cat­tle sale pens (Pic­ture by Eliah Saushoma)

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