Gumbo clarifies Bona Mugabe’s husband, Simba Chikore’s resignation from Air Zimbabwe

Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo explained that Bona Mugabe’s husband Simba Chikore tendered his resignation letter on 1 September at his own will.

Gumbo’s response comes after different reports on circumstances surrounding Chikore’s departure from Air Zimbabwe and his part in the Zimbabwe Aviation Leasing Company, with some even alleging that he was fired. Gumbo said that Chikore is not part of the consortium of Diasporans who are engaged by government to supply aircraft to the national air carrier. The consortium, Zimbabwe Aviation Leasing Company is in talks with a Malaysian company for a deal to acquire aircraft that will be used by the national air carrier Air Zimbabwe.

Gumbo also said Chikore was part of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development team involved in negotiations with Malaysian Airlines and gave way to the Zimbabwe Aviation Leasing Company to clinch the deal.

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Simba Chikore is a Zimbabwean who is married to Robert Mugabe's daughter Bona. In September 2016, he was appointed the Chief Operations Officer of Air Zimbabwe, a move that was criticised by some Zimbabweans who claimed he had landed the post because of his relationship... Read More About Simba Chikore

Jorum Macdonald Gumbo is a Zimbabwean politician who is a member of the ZANU-PF party. Gumbo is the former Minister of Energy and Power Development. He was replaced by Fortune Chasi in May 2019. He is the Member of parliament for Mberengwa West Constituency. Gumbo... Read More About Joram Gumbo

Air Zimbabwe is the national airline of Zimbabwe. The airline has faced financial difficulties over the last decades owing to alleged mismanagement. In June 2017, the airline was rebranded to Zimbabwe Airways in an attempt to boost the national carrier’s fleet and increase its routes.... Read More About Air Zimbabwe

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