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.