RGM to be removed from Zimbabwe Airways

RGM to be removed from Zimbabwe Airways
Published: 11 May 2018
TRANSPORT minister Joram Gumbo yesterday said the political plates affixed to the planes - Mugabe (RGM), President Emmerson Mnangagwa (ED) and former Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko (PM) were just temporary and would soon be removed.

He added that government established the new airline under the Companies Act 24:03 which was registered as Zimbabwe Airways registration number 3015/2012 by former Transport minister Nicholas Goche. He said the first directors were Andrew Vumbe (Finance ministry), Angeline Karonga (Transport ministry) and the first secretary being Laxon Madzinga, and the interim board established by the then Transport ministry secretary, Partson Mbiriri.

Gumbo said due to a $282 million debt overhang on Air Zimbabwe and threats by the European Union to impound the airline's planes, government saw it prudent to establish another national airline by a different name.

"To protect ourselves, we said we must pretend that the aircraft is being purchased by Zimbabweans in the Diaspora," he said.

Government in October 2016 bought four Boeing 777 aircrafts from Malaysia for $70 million and paid $41 million, leaving a balance of $29 million.

Meanwhile, the Electoral Amendment Bill has sailed through the National Assembly after passing the Third Reading Stage.

- newsday
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