Gumbo defends Mugabe’s son-in-law


TRANSPORT minister Joram Gumbo yesterday insisted former President Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law Simba Chikore had no shareholding in Zimbabwe Airways which he said was wholly government-owned.


Gumbo, in a ministerial statement read in the National Assembly, said Chikore must not be viewed with suspicion as he had rights to be employed and to negotiate for the country.

“The shareholding is wholly government and no other, and Chikore was employed by Air Zimbabwe and he has good qualifications,” Gumbo said.

Gumbo also 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.


  1. This argument of pretending to use the diaspora as the owners when the planes are owned by the govt still doesnt hold water. You say you had fear they may be garnished by creditors yet you go and spit it out now when the transaction is not complete (only one out of 4 planes was received). So what will stop creditors from garnishing them when you have publicly mentioned your tricks. Secondly, when they start to fly (whenever that will be), what will stop the creditors again from garnishing them when you have said it was part of a fraud mission to sidestep creditors?

    • Excellent points by Pemba. In addition, a story line that is ever changing is usually a sign of deceit and misrepresentation; you were lying then, how do we know you are not lying now? Never mind that faced with a failing Air Zimbabwe, government’s response is to allegedly take taxpayer’s money to start yet another company – while concealing this from taxpayers? In a normal country, heads would be rolling. And how unusual for a government minister to take to the media to defend a private citizen who is yet to be charged with any crime.

  2. Pretend, pretend, pretend, paita chitsotsi apa. What will happen to the creditors owed by Air Zim, should they just go to hell; what guarantee do we have that Zim Airways will not go the same route as Air Zim. Vanhu ava havan kusiyana na Chiyangwa and ZIFA.

  3. Pana Va Gumbo chitsotsi chakabaya chikatyokera. Murume anoba zvionotyisa uyu. Apa kunyepa kwacho haagoni futi. After elections this one must definitely go.

  4. Lol he had the right to be employed because he was the soninlaw of the 94 year old nepotism who caused the $282 debt was it the flying kuSingpore all the time that caused it ???LOL

  5. Correction:
    Lol he had the right to be employed because he was the son inlaw of the 94 year old -nepotism- Who caused the $282million debt . Was it al lthe flying kuSingpore all the time and other shopping trips ???LOL

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