I Was Supposed To Be Air Zim CEO, Mugabe Called The Minister Before Appointment, Told Him No Favouritism – Simba

Former president Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law Simba Chikore has denied claims that he was appointed Air Zimbabwe Chief Operating Officer because of his relationship to the president. He said that Robert Mugabe had called Minister of Trasport Joram Gumbo ahead of the interviews to instruct him to cut no corners and to be impartial. Said Simba

After the assessment of maybe three or four weeks, they came back with the results and I was number one out of 134 people. Out of 134 candidates, they were trying to find the CEO, COO and the executive manager…And in his wisdom, the Honourable Minister of Transport [Joram Gumbo] assigned me to the post of COO, which was the second position…I imagine if people knew that I was supposed to be the CEO, but that is in his wisdom and we were happy because what we wanted was the expertise

One of the things that he said to the honourable minister was that you cut no corners, no favouritism but I know that he is good at what he does, so go ahead and go through the interview processes, but you will cut no corners.

That was our mandate even from the beginning. That was his way of management, but I know the honourable minister did not even need to hear that he is a very honourable man, he is a wise man and he is a professional.

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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

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

Joram Macdonald Gumbo is a Zimbabwean politician who is a member of the ZANU-PF party. Gumbo is the Minister of Energy and Power Development. He is the Member of parliament for Mberengwa West Constituency. Gumbo was re-elected in the 2018 harmonized election after getting 10... Read More About Joram Gumbo

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  1. That is why the CEO was complaining about your insubordination, communicating directly with the minister and your in-laws over the murky Zimbabwe Airways project and generally being a shadow CEO.

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