Speaking on ZiFM Stereo on Monday, Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Joram Gumbo responded to calls for him to resign following issues surrounding the acquisition of Zimbabwe Airways planes.
Gumbo has also been involved in shady tenders such as the $8 million tender for snow graders, multi-million dollar CVR number plates tender, $2,2 billion Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu dualisation project that failed to take off and the $33 million Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) tender. Despite this list Gumbo said the people of Zimbabwe should be thankful that they have a minister like me. Said Gumbo:
I want to give people the confidence that this is a very perfect Minister, who implements Government policies. My decisions are not my own decisions, they are Cabinet decisions. The people of Zimbabwe must be thanking me for having a minister like me because since I became minister they have roads to look at. Since I became minister they have got trains to look at. Since I became minister they know that there are projects that are planned in their places. Since I became minister there are planes to talk about. Whether you think they were not bought properly or what but they are coming into Zimbabwe and they are your property. This is a very good and honest Minister who implements Government policy so you’re still with me until I don’t know.