CAAZ under fire

TRANSPORT and Infrastructural Development minister Obert Mpofu has started cracking the whip ordering the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) to complete “as soon as possible” the upgrading of the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport in Bulawayo which started a decade ago.

BY DUMISANI SIBANDA,ASSIGNMENTS EDITOR

Opening an induction workshop for heads of departments under his ministry in Harare yesterday, Mpofu said all boards of parastatals will now have a director to “articulate the ministry’s policy direction and enable effective and timeous feedback”.

The parastatals include Air Zimbabwe, National Railways of Zimbabwe, Road Motor Services, Zimbabwe National Road Authority (Zinara), CAAZ, National Handling Services and Central Mechanical Engineering Department.

“I do not know what is stopping the opening of the upgraded facility at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Airport,” Mpofu said.

“This is a facility named after a great person and we should not gamble with his name. When I am travelling by plane to Bulawayo, especially now as Transport minister, people ask me about the airport and I keep on saying I am new in the ministry, but I cannot continue saying I am new. We can’t have travellers disembarking at the airport using that hangar or is it a prison? It does not paint a good image of Zimbabwe. I hear that the project is expected to be complete before the end of the year, but I do not have that patience. It should be done as soon as possible. I have pressure from my principals and the people.”

Mpofu also said there was need to speed up work on the Harare International Airport runway project and “upgrades of the other smaller, but equally strategic airports like Buffalo Range, Kariba and Hwange”.

The Harare project — which will see the construction of a five kilometre-long runway to accommodate the world’s largest airbus — is expected to be complete by December this year.

“If you collect money for a week at a tollgate it will be enough to develop the tollgate,” he said.

“We will be talking to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority about that. I don’t think you need a Cabinet decision to develop a good tollgate.

“The nation has got high expectations from this ministry as transport and infrastructure issues are critical and key economic drivers necessary for increasing trade internally and regional respectively. We have no option, but to deliver. If we do not play our role well as enablers, we can easily become the missing link in the national transformation equation and that is not desirable.”

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32 Comments

  1. Mpofu now has a road construction company, pot hole filling company, and many others to deal with transport, mark my words

  2. Why would the Airport in Bulawayo be called Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Airport when Nkomo did not build this airport? Does belonging or being asked to lead a political party warrant the naming of places after this person? Why big Nkomo when he did absolutely nothing of note in Zimbabwe. He is not the only one. The Andrew Fleming Hospital has been renamed Parirenyatwa Hospital why? Because he was the first black person whose education was sponsored by the white colonialists and trained by the colonialists. Without the colonialists Samuel Parirenyatwa would never ever have been a doctor. We have had streets like Jameson Avenue renamed to Samora Machel Avenue – did Samora Machel build this street? No. It was built by Jameson, the white colonialist. If I were to be elected leader I would make it my first task to change these names to their original names. Black politicians have got this nauseating habit of praising themselves for fighting colonialism and re-naming streets and buildings to big themselves when they were all sponsored and trained by the same colonialists. What of Michael Mawena who coined the country’s name Zimbabwe in 1961? If somehow MDC-T wins an election in 2213 will they rename Harare Airport Morgan Tsvangirai airport or Tendai Biti airport? None of these politicians who are renaming streets and buildings have done anything of note. I was one of the people who voted Zanu into power in 1980, and influenced others to vote for Zanu, so tell me that Zanu “liberated” the country and some of the people in Zanu should ne honoured is a lot of drivel as far as I am concerned.

  3. The last sentence should read “I was one of the people who voted Zanu into power in 1980, and influenced others to vote for Zanu, so to tell me that Zanu “liberated” the country and some of the people in Zanu should be honoured is a lot of drivel as far as I am concerned”.

  4. @musona, I suppose you believe Andrew Fleming built Parirenyatwa Hospital, Jameson built Samora Machel Avenue, Rhodes discovered Rhodesia, Livingstone discovered Victoria Falls? Maprofita please help this man.

    In politics since the 40’s and you do not appreciate what Cde JM Nkomo did for this country. You are living proof that age sometimes has an inverse relationship with political awareness.

    And who would vote for you sir? Mudzimai wenyu, Vana venyu, vakoma nevakadzi vavo nevana vavo, madzisekuru nemadzimai vavo, nevana vavo? A genuine generational curse. Dream on!

    1. @farai – you need to see a psychiatrist you ignorant idiot. You live in a world of your own you fool. All you do is ask questions but you never provide any answers. You log on to news websites daily but you are unable to comprehend simple English language. The other day I wrote about sanctions and as far as you are concernced sanctions were last aimposed on I an Smith and there are no sanctions against ZanuPF imposed by the West!
      I do not only believe Andrew Fleming built what is now called Parirenyatwa I saw it being built from scratch. Rhodes did not discover Rhodesia, Rhodes creaed a country called Rhodesia. The borders were set out by the white nations in Belgium in 1889. Livingstone did not discover the Vic Falls – he was probably the first white man to see the Falls.
      Joshua Nkomo did absolutely ZERO. If you know of one let me know. If you think the airport in Bulawayo was built by Nkomo then give me the dates because I used that airport in the earrly 1970s when Nkom was in detention in the from the 1960s.
      I would not particiate in Zimbabwean mock elections because the military controls everything from Voters Roll to who votes for one party ZanuPF.

    2. @farai – you need to see a psychiatrist you ignorant idiot. You live in a world of your own you fool. All you do is ask questions but you never provide any answers. You log on to news websites daily but you are unable to comprehend simple English language. The other day I wrote about sanctions and as far as you are concernced sanctions were last imposed on Ian Smith and there are no sanctions against ZanuPF imposed by the West!
      I do not only believe Andrew Fleming built what is now called Parirenyatwa I saw it being built from scratch. Rhodes did not discover Rhodesia, Rhodes created a country called Rhodesia. The borders were set out by the white nations in Belgium in 1889. Livingstone did not discover the Vic Falls – he was probably the first white man to see the Falls.
      Joshua Nkomo did absolutely ZERO. If you know of one let me know. If you think the airport in Bulawayo was built by Nkomo then give me the dates because I used that airport in the earrly 1970s when Nkomo was in detention from the 1960s.
      I would not particiate in Zimbabwean mock elections because the military controls everything from Voters Roll to who votes for one party ZanuPF.

  5. It’s called rhetoric. In this instance, an ill-fated attempt to get you to think. There is no hope here you are clearly demented. You are far too gone to be redeemed or reclaimed. Chakabaya chikatyikokera.

    1. @fara – cretin

  6. Revisit my post you demented moron, I said sanctions are now irrelevant because their intended purpose, regime change, failed yet you and your brood are asking for more of the same. Why so when they are not working and they are affecting you much more than the supposedly targeted people?
    Even Tsvangirai has seen the light but you, caught up in a 70’s time warp, believe you are still fighting against Smith and Zimbabwe is not yet independent!

    You have gone through the past 33years in blissful dementia induced detachment from events around you. You don’t even realise that Zimbabwe is independent and black people are in charge. How else can one account for your masochistic obsession with more sanctions against your own people, your own country and your own family?
    Now you have taken to posting your messages twice twice. Do anyone need further proof?

  7. Sekuru Musona, You do not see a psychiatrist for ignorance, you go to school. That probable lost to you.

    You remind me so much of a dog, every street has one. It’s spends the whole day chasing after cars trying to take a bite on it’s tyres. It’s oblivious to the danger it exposes itself to but it chases all the same, all day long.
    No one has ever been able to find out why it does that but it probable thinks the cars are “ignorant idiots” and cretins.

    Same with your call for sanctions, has it got an objective? You have probable forgotten but you chase dem cars all the same. Now you have your whole family joining you in this curse.

    1. @farai – stupid bastard. Mwana wembwa

  8. Your hon. Minister i hope y will take a look at the issue of air zim labour issues.tanzwa

  9. this musona guy.go to england where your places are named after your ancestors fool.here we will name them after our own people.even if nkomo did not lay a brick there.its ours now and tinoita zvatinoda.hamba.

    1. @chikara – backward idiot.

  10. Ndinotsigira Musona. Saka tisinga budirire – panze pekuvaka zvipatara zvitsva zvakawanda tinofunga kuti tikachinja mazita kupa echivanhu i edevelopment. Chii chatakavakawo chedu chatimgadaidze mazita edu? Zvino ukati Beatrice Road yavekunzi Simon Mazorodze Road zvinorevei? Nana dai yangairinzira inzva. Hapana kubudirira ipapo. Zvakafanana nekupenda motokari ne imwe pendi wofamba uchidada kuti ndave ne motokari itsva. Nana Chiyangwa arinani nekuti arikuvaka yake hospital yaachapa zita raanoda – tinozvitenda ndoka expansion kwete kuti Mbare Clinic yonzi Simon Muzenda Clinic – ndokubudirira here ikoko?

  11. Sekuru Musona, other than the insults is there anything else there? Even Boki tires of chasing and barking at cars.

  12. Musona, you need help. Your understanding/comprehension of these matters is so discouraging. I worry about your outcome in life.

    1. @brinso – idiot. Get lost.

  13. makaba kuma mines uko moti nekuroad futi ko isu tgoita cei pasi rino nhaiwe obert

  14. Its realy painful to see how we are insulting each other instead of discussing ideas. zanu and mdc are not at war. Let this be a platform to share ideas in a civil manner. Lets show maturity and respect

  15. pple like musona shld grow up,we don need to insult one onether bt share ideas g

  16. Musona uri tsvina chaiyo

    1. Musona anotaura zvine sense. Imi ndimi murikutanga kumutuka kana adzosera mochema. Zvino kutumidza ma street kana ma buildings akavakwa ne ma bhunu kuapa mazita e ma politician echivanhu ndokuiteyi ikoko? Ndokubudiira here ikoko? Ndapamufananidzo kuti Beatrice Road kuitumidza kuti Simon Mazorodze ndokuti zviite seyi iyo yainzi Beatrice Road? Ko kuvaka yedu nzira to ipa zita ratinoda zvakaipeyi? Zvino hama dza Simon Mazorodze dzingadade kuti iyi inzira yedu pakudiyi? Kuchinja zita ndokubudirira here?

  17. musona is a bitter opposition supporter leave him or her to reality

    1. Wakutaura nezve opposition isu iye Musona arikutaura nezve kuchinja mazita e zvinhu. Wapererwa. Kana usina nyaya ingonyarara.

  18. Yu are a full we are giving nkomo sm thing he never did coz he fight for this country

    1. dai wa nyora nechizezuru nekuti hauna kufunda chingezi hauchigone. kuti – we are giving nkomo sm thing he never did coz he fight for this country – zvinorevei? urikuzviitisa kana kuti wakazungaira.

  19. John F. Kennedy Airport, Oliver Tambo Airport, Nelson Mandela Bridge, Amai Sally Mugabe Scool, Robert Mugabe Way, etc, Musona, did these people build these airports, schools, roads, etc? None. They namings are just memorialising of historical figures, although in Africa, the tendency to honour living people I feel is not right, bearing into mind some have veered off to do evil things. Those structures you claim were built by Jameson, Rhodes and company, they were built on the backs of indigenous black people. Your reasoning exhibits flawed logic and really there is no use arguing with you since you are going to be responding with insults.

    1. @Riete – You have asked questions and contradicted yourself by providing the answers to your own questions by saying “some have veered off to do evil things.”
      You don’t know the meaning of flawed logic. To me it is illogical to name an exisiting building after some politician who did nothing of note. Nkomo did nothing and I do not see why an airport should be named after him. It was illogical to rename Andrew Fleming hospital Parirenyatwa because Samuel Parirenyatwa did nothing of note. Why was he honoured? For being the first black doctor, trained by the whites and sponsored by the whites? Without the whites he would not have been a doctor. Was it a good thing the whites came to this part of the world or not seeing that all nationalists were trained, sponsored, housed and employed by the whites? Show me one black nationalist who was not sponsored and trained by the whites and I will show you a liar. Parirenyatwa was vice-president of Zapu but he didn’t do much of note. If belonging to a political party warrants the naming of buildings or street after the person then there are millions others like myself for example – albeit not as leader, who have belonged to one political party or another. One had to belong to a political party for one’s safety. Why honour others and leave the others out? James Chikerema was one of the pioneers of African nationalism but he has not be honoured because he once threatened Josiah Tongogara with a pistol while they were in Zambia. At least one NEW street or NEW building should be named after him for being a pioneer of African politics in this country not those being honoured at present.
      Insults – If you insult me I will hit back, simple as that.
      What do you mean “they were built on the backs of indigenous black people”? White employers were inundated with blacks looking for work – those who worked in building these streets and other buildings did so of their own volition. They were not forced to do so. Whites used to restrict people who came into towns to look for work. I worked in S Rhodesia since the 1940s and at no time did I witness anyone being forced to work for nothing. Ma basa for blacks were in short supply. Before the whites came there was no single firm or factory in the land – it was the whites who introduced everything that you see now.

  20. I have tried to post 2 comments on this matter but have been censored by this website’s software and have not appeared. As for insults – I am only hitting back at insults towards me by one farai.

  21. Wena musona vala ingidi mani uyayangisa umbedo wakho lo, mtshabi kkkkk

  22. Currently over 20 contributors are questioning the mental stability of one Musona Esq. I suspect he must have been an enforcer for some District Commissioner in some tribal trust land like Sipolilo. He yearns for the status and privilege he enjoyed then and can’t accept that the ordinary folk he used to abuse then have a voice and a choice now. And they choose not his bhasa!

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