Mugabe son-in-law gets top AirZim post

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law, Simba Chikore, has been appointed Air Zimbabwe chief operating officer (COO), effectively becoming second-in-command at the ailing national airline.

BY PAIDAMOYO MUZULU

President Robert Mugabe greets his son-in-law, Simba Chikore, soon after his arrival at Harare International Airport from the United Nations General Assembly in New York last month
President Robert Mugabe greets his son-in-law, Simba Chikore, soon after his arrival at Harare International Airport from the United Nations General Assembly in New York last month

Not much is known of Chikore or his credentials although he reportedly has an aviation industry background. Chikore married Mugabe’s daughter, Bona in March 2014.

AirZim board chairperson Chipo Dyanda confirmed Chikore’s appointment yesterday.

“It’s true, Chikore is the new COO,” she said.

He joins the growing list of members of the First Family who have landed top government posts, with Mugabe’s critics saying the appointments smacked of nepotism and a sinister plot to entrench a culture of patronage.

Other close Mugabe relatives occupying top government posts include the President’s nephews Patrick Zhuwao (Indigenisation minister) and Albert Mugabe (Zinara board chairman).

Chikore’s appointment comes barely two months after the late Vice-President Simon Muzenda’s son, Ripton, was appointed AirZim’s chief executive officer. The appointment places Chikore at the heart of the struggling national airline.

It could not be immediately confirmed whether Chikore has the minimum 10 years’ experience in a senior managerial position, as required for the post.

Critics have accused Ripton of surrounding himself with a team of unqualified loyalists to safeguard his longevity at the institution.

Chikore’s appointment came as controversy rages over the Dema Diesel Power Plant, where his brother, Derrick, is said to have won a multi-million dollar contract without going to tender.


Opposition MDC-T spokesman Obert Gutu said: “This is an extremely sad development. It proves that the State has been privatised. It is now being controlled by a Mugabe dynasty.”

People’s Democratic Party spokesperson Jacob Mafume described Chikore’s elevation as “a bad joke”.

“It is yet, but one sign that we are a kangaroo republic,” he said.

“The young man has no experience of running anything in his life, he has not even run a chicken run. To expect him to be in charge of a national airline, as COO, would have been a good April Fools’ Day joke and yet we are in October.”

Zimbabwe People First spokesperson, Jealousy Mawarire said: “We understand that Chikore has never been the most senior of pilots at AirZim or Qatar Airways where he worked. The fact that he left Qatar Aiways to take a supervisory job at Alpha and Omega does not speak of an individual who envisaged professional growth within the aviation industry and there are many captains at AirZim, his seniors, who are better qualified for the job, who would naturally feel cheated by this blatant nepotism by the Mugabe administration. It is sad that Mugabe is appointing his relatives into government and State-run companies with reckless abandon,” he said.

AirZim is saddled with a $300 million debt and is only running with four planes to service domestic routes and three regional destinations after pulling out of all international routes for fear of having its planes attached over outstanding debts.

The national airline has since applied to the Transport and Infrastructure Development ministry seeking to have its debt taken over by the State.

AirZim is also seeking government’s approval to enter into negotiations with strategic partners to expand its destination network and revamp its operations.

The national carrier is on the market for several executives, among them finance, flight operations, maintenance, corporate services, corporate quality, safety and security, airlines systems and administration managers.

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  1. laurieharvey444

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    1. Ripton Muzenda is not in anyway related to late vice president Muzenda nor is he his son. Just similar names

  2. Nxa, this is a very sad development.

  3. Pachedu Chivanhu

    Challenge the appointment in a court of Law……simple!

    1. which court are you talking about?

  4. at least the oldman knows how to take care of those closest to him.

    1. Sadly, that excludes the rest of us ordinary citizens

  5. Woke up thinking that today would be a good day until I read this trailer full of shit. Mugabe and ZANU (PF) once again treating this country like thier birthright and us as his loyal subjects.

    Itai tione !!

    1. Haters were there! They are there and will always be there!! Zimbos chiii?? Pliz haters go and hang!!! We are on record complaining about unemployment; today a ‘graduate’ loffer has secured employment; imi take take naye!! Siyanayi nemwana azviwanira basa!! Majority of those making all the noise kana ndege yacho havaizive!!! At least he is a local guy who has worked with reputable airlines whether full time or on attachment; that doesn’t matter!!! Makorokoto Amhlope!! Congratulations Simba Chikore!!
      Kwatosara your Madam – Bona. I understand she holds a Masters degree in something to do with Finance or Accounting – which is again more than enough to make her the next Commissioner General of ZIMRA . Chekumirira hapana. The President invested a lot in his girl-child so he deserves better! Bhora mberi!

      1. You clearly do not understand how the economy works

  6. Janana wa Bikaz

    Even dictators like Sadam Hussein and Gaddaffi did the same thing by making important government institutions crowded by their close family members, but in the end vakazomhanya like headless chickens.Its just a matter of time.The darkest hour is nearest to dawn!

  7. Whats next? Chatunga for the post of IT Operations Manager for Air Zimbabwe? Truth Said. That makes 2 of us

  8. it wil be unfair to say juss becoz he is the first son in law he doesnt deserve so scrutinize all points and possibilities before you conclude

  9. The manifestation of a nation turned into a private company

  10. mgobhozi wezintabeni

    It won’t be surprising to wake up one day to learn that one of Mugabe’s sons had been commissioned Lieutenant General and appointed Commander of the Zimbabwe National Army.

    1. Haters were there! They are there and will always be there!! Zimbos chiii?? We are on record complaining about unemployment; today a ‘graduate’ loffer has secured employment; imi take take naye!! Siyanayi nemwana azviwanira basa!! Majority of those making all the noise kana ndege yacho havaizive!!! At least he is a local guy who has worked with reputable airlines whether full time or on attachment; that doesn’t matter!!! Makorokoto Amhlope!! Congratulations Simba Chikore!!
      Kwatosara your Madam – Bona. I understand she holds a Masters degree in something to do with Finance or Accounting – which is again more than enough to make her the next Commissioner General of ZIMRA . Chekumirira hapana. The President invested a lot in his girl-child so he deserves better! Bhora mberi!

  11. NUTTY DREADLOCK

    MUNOTI ZVAIENDA NEPAPI IZVOZVO CHASARA KUNZWA KUTI BONA MUGABE AVE MUKURU WE MINISTRY OF FINANCE

  12. WOW! What a high-profile job – looking after a dilapidated 4 aircraft airline that has only 4 routes. But don’t worry, it’s the perks that come with the job that are most important: new Range Rover Sports, new Merc350MLG, new Chevrolet 4×4, but the best part is the $30000 salary for doing absolutely nothing! The only taxing problem at Air Zim would be the scheduling of grandpa’s airplane to fit in with the maintenance schedule. Even the 4 destinations (Vic Falls, Bulawayo, Joburg and Dar es Salaam)aren’t good shopping places!

  13. Im so shocked and disappointed, how can Mugabe reduce the country to a big joke like this? Eish I just lost my appetite & wont be able to eat anything for the next few days

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  15. I was going to gun for his daughter too, if he only he had another one. It pays.

  16. tendai chaminuka

    These guys should be running their own companies not to stoop so low to the extent kucreaterwa a post

  17. Amazing! Saka kune ma driver eZUPCO varikuda kutia CEO ingoroorai zvakarongeka chete muno promotwa.

  18. Sad development, Mugabe running the country like his own private company. Whats next, Bona, Minister of finance.

  19. As soon as his father in law retires we are going to fire that young man and transfer him to be in charge of changing worn out tyres on all planes

  20. Wezhira wezhara

    Mugabe travels using Air Zimbabwe and does not pay. The $300 million debt can be serviced if Wicknell Chivhayo and Grace repatriate some of the diamond money to it rather than pump millions into soccer and Chatunga’s butcheries.

  21. Ndiko kunzi mukuwasha we imba hombe mu ZIMBABWE

  22. Joke of the day…aya ndiwo madhaka…

  23. Lets say he qualifies. Can Mugabe appoint his son as deputy president if he qualifies, his daughter vice president if she qualifies and his wife second president if she qualifies? Some appointments are not justifiable.

  24. MUNGATIITE SEI SEMUNOROYA?????

  25. Air Simbabwe Or Air Zvimbabwe. Moreso one of the planes is named Mbuya Nehanda. Ahayz. 10 years managerial experience dziripo here, from Dairy Farm Supervisor to National Airline COO. Ndidzo dzinonzi grace ka idzi or rather grace mugabe.

  26. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.amana

  27. $15bn gone, zesa tender kumukuwasha ndeyeuwori, phd uwori, mapurazi 15, nhasi creation of coo post to an unexperienced dairy farm kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk joke of millenium. gushungo makadziya wachi mbiri mbiri ndofunga kana masokisi unovirikidza mudhara

  28. Chokore clearly does not have 10 years senior managerial experience that was required for this job. He has been a pilot and a foreman at a dairy and that does not amount to any years in senior management.
    Being a pilot is not being in senior management.
    Therefore he has been given the job by his father in law and then benefits for this job will be increased to suit the president’s son in law even though the airline itself is running a loss.

    1. 10years is just a number!! Those we sacked from the same airline had served more than 10yrs!! But they messed up!! Haters were there! They are there and will always be there!! Zimbos chiii?? We are on record complaining about unemployment; today a ‘graduate’ loffer has secured employment; imi take take naye!! Siyanayi nemwana azviwanira basa!! Majority of those making all the noise kana ndege yacho havaizive!!! At least he is a local guy who has worked with reputable airlines whether full time or on attachment; that doesn’t matter!!! Makorokoto Amhlope!! Congratulations Simba Chikore!!
      Kwatosara your Madam – Bona. I understand she holds a Masters degree in something to do with Finance or Accounting – which is again more than enough to make her the next Commissioner General of ZIMRA . Chekumirira hapana. The President invested a lot in his girl-child so he deserves better! Bhora mberi!

  29. So the sons and daughters of the president must be unemployed to demonstrate fairness? That’s his line of work, same as young Muzenda, the captain. At least he has been employed in the line of his profession. Let’s be careful because here we are now discriminating against the first family. LET’S DISCUSS REAL ISSUES OF CORRUPTION.

    1. Flying a plane and managing an organization are two different things. My brother has been driving heavy vehicles for about 40 years, but he cannot be appointed manager of a transport company on the strength of his driving skills.

    2. I think lets try to be serious here, noone is saying they should be unemployed but COO is taking it a bit to far, ko kuvhura Pilot school or something. Do you now what the job of a COO entails??

  30. Willard Tramposo.

    He need to take care of his wife and newly born baby. This is the beginning, you are yet to see anything. Am seeing that handsome Robert jnr becoming the next leader and Chatunga becoming Army Commander. Nothing bad, even if iam to become a President today, i would give top posts to all my relatives.

  31. Had he been appointed in an open and competitive exercise, then there could not have been public outcry. We have had such nepotic cases like in neighbouring Uganda here where the First Lady is currently Education/sports minister while her son is major general in the army. In an extreme case, in Central America, Nicaragua’s incumbent President Daniel Ortega has nominated his wife as runningmate in next month’s election. No wonder we keep backfiring economically. Where is the opposition in all these? Political mutation my foot!

  32. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk nyika iya yamaichemera. ndapererwa

  33. Chawasarira airlines now from bad to worse. Handikwiri futi chawasarira airlines

  34. Ndezvekuda kumora izvi

    All opposition MPs you need to do the Malema’s EFF style in the next parliament not just seat back and relax. Parliament proceedings should be put to halt if no answers are brought. Zimbabweans need answers on this appointment. EFF has been making a lot of progress through noise considering they are just a minority in the SA parliament but their voice is big because of unity. Its time for opposition MPs to wake up. Complaining on social media does not help in anything.

    1. useless opposition, someone recently said bloodshed not necessary when such shit is happening. Our lives are being stolen cant the opposition get that.

      1. Haters were there! They are there and will always be there!! Zimbos chiii?? We are on record complaining about unemployment; today a ‘graduate’ loffer has secured employment; imi take take naye!! Siyanayi nemwana azviwanira basa!! Majority of those making all the noise kana ndege yacho havaizive!!! At least he is a local guy who has worked with reputable airlines whether full time or on attachment; that doesn’t matter!!! Makorokoto Amhlope!! Congratulations Simba Chikore!!
        Kwatosara your Madam – Bona. I understand she holds a Masters degree in something to do with Finance or Accounting – which is again more than enough to make her the next Commissioner General of ZIMRA . Chekumirira hapana. The President invested a lot in his girl-child so he deserves better! Bhora mberi!

  35. Suddenly it is a tragedy for my respect table Bona. She is now a legitimate target in the ‘nearafter’. …whoever dragged that quiet girl into this mess should be ashamed. I really believed she was the only respected Mugabe till this. She has always come across as level headed and silent. And along came the bikerider and a senseless parentage. She will now be painted with the same brush as her pompous and unruly siblings. Shame mangingi.

  36. the corrections are that what you think is not corruption is the highest level of corruption, one is appointed to eat or chew public funds because is relative to one who is holder of a high office is ill evil. We know of people who have the right quality. l m however happy that it will help people understand what Mr Mugabe stands for than the illusions of pan Africanism

  37. congratulations mr chikore.welcome to the world of bond notes and bearer cheques.you will regret young man.tezvara vako vauraya nyika.

  38. Kkkk….the OLD SKUNK….has definitely lost his marbles….

  39. Mkwasha uyu imboko satezvara vake.

    1. aita sei

    2. Mboko ndiwe

  40. Is this consolation for injured pride?

  41. Mati madii hamusati masvinura. Pamuchasvinura, vhroooom ma key posts ose atorwa.

  42. Ko nhai veduwe, ndege dzimwe dziriko, ko madii kukwira idzodzo then Simba otonga yake natezvara vake

  43. zvake zvaita mheno isu tisina vakatungamira mberi tofira pano patiri

  44. hahahahahaha marwadziwa machinda. regai asevenze kkkkkkkkkk

  45. Haters were there! They are there and will always be there!! Zimbos chiii?? We are on record complaining about unemployment; today a ‘graduate’ loffer has secured employment; imi take take naye!! Siyanayi nemwana azviwanira basa!! Majority of those making all the noise kana ndege yacho havaizive!!! At least he is a local guy who has worked with reputable airlines whether full time or on attachment; that doesn’t matter!!! Makorokoto Amhlope!! Congratulations Simba Chikore!!
    Kwatosara your Madam – Bona. I understand she holds a Masters degree in something to do with Finance or Accounting – which is again more than enough to make her the next Commissioner General of ZIMRA . Chekumirira hapana. The President invested a lot in his girl-child so he deserves better! Bhora mberi!

  46. ahhhhhhh xah y all always relatives gvn higher posts

  47. So once someone is related to Pres. Mugabe in any way then he can no longer apply for a job in this country? That is nonsense. Besides, not many people were keen on taking a job with AirZim citing its poor finances….now that he applied for the job and got it…you start your silly stories. What has Jacob Mafume done of note anyway? Leave the man alone.

    1. Iwe Tichatonga uri benzi iwe. “not many were keen on thaking a job with AirZim” iwe uchiudzwa kuti there were over 100 applicants? Chinonzi Corporate Govenance unochiza here?

      1. Whats the issue of corporate governance in this matter!! Any conflict of interest?? NO! So keep quiet!!

      2. You know nothing about Corporate Governance….who told you that he did not declare his being Mugabe’s son in law? Besides, is Mugabe the chairman of the AirZim Board? I said “not many”…if 100 is a lost for you then benzi ndiwe.

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  51. Zimbabweans have become so used to nepotism that it seems normal to them. I hope he is not going to use our airline to smuggle ganga into Malaysia.

  52. Pamberi nezanuu kondokutonga kwachoka

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