Air Zimbabwe has appointed President Robert Mugabe’s son- in-law, Simba Chikore, as its chief operating officer, making him the second in command at the national airline. Air Zimbabwe chairperson Chipo Dyanda on Tuesday confirmed Chikore’s appointment to The Source.
Not much is known about Chikore, or his credentials, although state media reports have said he has an aviation industry background. Chikore’s appointment follows the August appointment of Ripton Muzenda, the son of Mugabe’s late, long-serving deputy Simon Muzenda as chief executive.
The wholly state-owned Air Zimbabwe is a perennial loss-maker and government has announced plans to take over the airline’s $300 million debt as part of efforts to turn its fortunes around under new management.
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