In an interview with Daily News Transport Minister Joram Gumbo commented on Simba Chikore’s kidnapping saga saying that Mugabe’s son-in-law had “the right” to fire Zimbabwe Airways legal head, Bertha Zakeyo.
Gumbo also criticised Zakeyo’s decision to file the kidnapping charges with the police saying she should have come to him instead. Said Gumbo:
I don’t think going to the police is the best route she should have taken. If anything, she should have come to me. She has not even appealed to me for recourse (on Zakeyo’s resorting to contact Zacc) … she was once fired by Air Zimbabwe and the person who employed her there is Simba, and now that they are turning on each other, she cries foul. I understand that Bertha was a bit stubborn. He (Chikore) told us that she refused to vacate the offices. Simba just gave me the letter which he had written to her, and he has the right to fire, and he fired Bertha. From what Simba said, there was no case at all (worthy of reporting to the police). I don’t interfere with the police because it is a labour issue that has nothing to do with the minister.
Zakeyo has accused Chikore of kidnapping her, claiming that he had held her hostage in the office for nearly two hours against her will. She said this happened after she received a letter from Chikore demanding that she writes a report which included allegedly holding unsanctioned meetings.
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