Air Zimbabwe Management In the Dark About New Airline

Goche at the weekend told the state run Herald newspaper that the government had disbanded Air Zimbabwe Holdings and formed a new state-owned company, Air Zimbabwe Private Limited while National Handling Services, a subsidiary of Air Zimbabwe Holdings, will now operate as a stand-alone company. Goche also announced the appointment of an interim board led by his permanent secretary Pattison Mbiriri to oversee the airline’s operations.

The transport minister said cabinet had approved the formation of the new airline while an extraordinary annual general meeting of shareholders will be held next week to pass resolutions required by the law to effect the changes. Goche said the government will soon engage a strategic partner to invest in the newly created airline.

But Radio VOP can exclusively reveal that management at Air Zimbabwe is not in the know about the government-backed plan.

Air Zimbabwe acting chief executive Innocent Mavhunga told the airline’s employees on Tuesday that he was yet to be appraised about the new arrangement.

Mavhunga said he had learnt about the changes through media reports.
“Management values the need to disseminate the relevant and correct information to staff with regards to the reported news. However, management has not yet received official communication on the subject matter and once this has been received a comprehensive briefing will be given to staff accordingly,” reads part of Mavhunga’s memorandum to the airline’s workers posted Tuesday.

Air Zimbabwe is currently grounded and is not servicing any routes owing to poor management and lack of funding. Last year, creditors seized the airline’s aircraft in South Africa and UK over debts.