Shut Down Air Zim: MDC-T

Air Zim’s was impounded in London on Monday over a US$1,2 million debt owed to US company General American Supplies.

The plane has now been released and is expected in the country on Tuesday.

Addressing the media on Saturday, MDC-T secretary general Tendai Biti said his party notes the chaos, mismanagement and incompetence at Air Zimbabwe saying it is reflective of the general state of most parastatals.

“The party resolves that Air Zimbabwe Private Limited as it is defined right now should be shut down and closed immediately,” Biti said.

He said MDC-T resolved that a new Zimbabwe airline that partners with a foreign investor should be formed that will take over the whole staff at Air Zimbabwe.

“The tax payers’ money should not be used to fund any corrupt and unsustainable parastatals,” Biti said.

The move by MDC-T is likely to court the ire of Zanu-PF which has been accusing its partners in government of deliberately trying to “kill’ some parastatals, a charge MDC-T denies.

Air Zimbabwe is sinking into oblivion as it owes creditors over US$100 million.

It cancelled its flights to South Africa fearing that its plane would be seized by creditors to recover the money.

The airline’s acting group CEO Innocent Mavhunga said Saturday flights to South Africa would resume by the end of the week.
He was hopeful that talks with creditors would be finalised either Monday or Tuesday.