Air Zim appoints new acting boss


NATIONAL airline Air Zimbabwe has appointed corporate quality, safety and security head Edmund Makona as the new acting chief executive officer, taking over from Innocent Mavhunga who had also been in acting capacity for the executive post since 2011.

Victoria Mtomba

Mavhunga was reportedly sent on forced leave last month on allegations of incompetence.

The management crisis comes as the airline was yesterday expected to have paid R5 million owed to the South African government in landing and parking

Sources who requested anonymity said Makona was appointed as the acting chief executive of the airline after Mavhunga was put on forced leave in unclear circumstances.

“Makona was appointed two weeks ago by the Air Zimbabwe board after Mavhunga was sent on leave on incompetence charges,” sources said.

Contacted for comment, the Air Zimbabwe former acting chief executive officer declined to comment, referring all questions to Air Zimbabwe chairman Ozias Bvute.

“I cannot comment. Get in touch with the chairman of the board,” Mavhunga said.

Calls to Bvute’s number were not getting through as he was said to be outside the country.

Sources disclosed that the airline owed South African airports R5 million and was expected to pay the money by this week.

“Bvute is out of the country and will be back on Wednesday (tomorrow). If Air Zimbabwe fails to meet the deadline, it risks incurring interest fees,” the sources said.

Early this year, the parastatal held interviews for the chief executive officer’s post.

Air Zimbabwe has had one of the highest turnovers of executives, with Makona being the sixth person to take the office either substantively or in an acting capacity since 1995.

The national flag carrier was previously headed by the late Huttush Muringi, Peter Chikumba, Oscar Madombwe, Tendai Mahachi, Innocent Mavhunga, Rambai Chingwena, Tich Garabga and Irishman Brendon Donohoe.

Air Zimbabwe owes various creditors over $140 million.

The parastatals has the highest labour turnover in chief executives and could be a major challenge to the incoming Transport minister Obert Mpofu.


  1. Zvanyanyisa zvikwereti apa washandi hawasikuwana pay in tym. Zimbo kufa richishupika here newanhu washomanani warikurwadzisa nyika! Batai munhu!!!

    • Kkkkk I agree with you. after all I don’t think Mavhunga was incompetent. look at this; you appoint him to run an airline without a single functioning plane and you expect him to perform. these are just jokes. an airline company is a company that owns and manages airplanes if my understanding is correct. it is not a company that owns and manages dead planes that must be put in museums for the little kids to see. so tell me, who is incompetent here? Mavhunga or the AirZim board (of course and government)? Personally I think Mavhunga is excellent and the board together with government, through the responsible minister, are the ones who are incompetent. so Mavhunga don’t even worry you are not what they call you; rather its them who are what they call you. kkkkkkkk.

      • @Exile, am tempted to agree with u but well it depends on what was the mandate when he was hired. If you agree to a task and then fail to perform it will definitely be incompetence. If for example he promised them that he will bring the airline to profitability knowing there is not even a running plane then its his problem.

  2. dismisal of Mavhunga, in my own view was not fair to him, to Airzim,to all marketing practioners. this man did well , he manage to keep Airzim afloat despite all the challenges the company was facing and i dont think makona will equall Mavhunga or the airline will collapse.

    • If you see a man lying nearly dead at the side of the road, you do not lie down next to him and say “I hope I can be your technical partner.”

  3. How was the appraisal that declared Mavhunga incompetent arrived at? For a board which has failed to pay its workers and get any plane in the sky to accuse anybody of incompetence is the stuff that made Pinocchio’s nose grow to go around the world ten times..If Mavhunga was incompetent what word do we use to describe the board of a comatose airline. After paying him an arm and a leg after hwinning his case in court, whiich is a given, the airline will be back to ground zero..and why they continue calling themselves an airline remains a mystery.

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