This follows the attachment by the deputy sheriff on Friday of the company’s property comprising of a Toyota minibus, a 75-seater bus, a Mercedes Benz ML270, four Mercedes Benz compressors, two Mazda Eagles and three Mazda 323s after the High Court failed to stop the process and the subsequent auctioning of the assets.
Also seized were three Mazda B1800 pick-up trucks, two Mazda 626s, an Opel Astra, a Nissan Sunny and a Madza 3.
The deputy sheriff also attached six other vehicles and 100 computer sets among other things.
But Air Zimbabwe Board Chairman Jonathan Kadzura on Tuesday told Radio VOP that they had approached their parent ministry to assist them in paying the debt to employees and block the auctioning of the national airline’s property.
“We are reaching out for an amicable arrangement where all the attached assets are returned with the assistance from our parent ministry (the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development). We have approached the ministry and we hope that they will be able to pay that particular debt that resulted in the assets being attached,” said Kadzura.
He said the company is looking for a long time solution to help ease challenges before they can resume full operations.
“The airline will resume operation as soon as we find a long time solution. We are hoping that all the assets that were seized will be released soon following the intervention from the ministry. This is just a stopgap measure but there is need for a solution that will not give us problems in the near future,” added Kadzura.
The properties, attached by the deputy sheriff last Friday, can now be auctioned anytime despite protests by Air Zimbabwe that this will paralyse operations.
Pilots at the airline have been on strike for the past two weeks demanding their salaries. The airline has for the past two weeks been transferring passengers to other carriers, resulting in the airline losing $2 million in potential revenue.
Some of the properties were attached in November last year, but had not been auctioned because of legal challenges.
Air Zimbabwe lawyer Selby Hwacha of Dube, Manikai and Hwacha said the Air Zimbabwe was going to pay the workers the “outstanding salaries” although the matter is still being contested.
“We are paying without prejudice but the matter remains contested. Our clients are still weighing their options on how to appeal against the High Court ruling,” said Hwacha.