‘Mugabe pays Air Zim cash upfront’

Source: ‘Mugabe pays Air Zim cash upfront’ – DailyNews Live

Fungi Kwaramba      6 June 2017

HARARE – Frequent flier President Robert Mugabe pays national airline Air
Zimbabwe (Air Zim) cash upfront whenever he uses its planes, Transport
minister Jorum Gumbo told the Daily News yesterday.

The 93-year-old leader travelled to the United States (US) over the
weekend on an Air Zim plane, and according to Gumbo – whose ministry
superintends over the ailing airline – “the president is a good customer”.

“Whenever the president is travelling, we charge him the same amount that
we charge anyone else. The president is in fact our number one client
because that is where we get our money, we only hire when there are
problems with our planes and that can be found in different countries,” he
said, adding that Mugabe “pays the money even before he leaves the
country”.

The deepening rot at the struggling flag carrier was recently said to have
triggered serious safety concerns among security chiefs and Zanu PF
bigwigs – who were said to be  worried about the safety and security of
the hired planes that Mugabe was now regularly using  for his official
travels after Air Zim planes were grounded.

The debt-ridden national airline is barely managing to stay afloat, and to
keep operating its creaky aircraft – a development which had lately
forced, Mugabe, its single biggest customer, to hire private jets from
overseas.

This also comes as Air Zim has been banned from flying into Europe over
safety concerns – further complicating Mugabe’s frequent travel plans to
international destinations which are not covered by the current travel
restrictions on him.

However, Gumbo yesterday said the problems cited by EU were being sorted
and there are no safety fears when Mugabe is travelling with the planes.

“We had banned our planes, this was after we had applied to resuscitate
the London route, when they had applied they were told by the responsible
authorities from that side that if you want to ply this route you must
meet the conditions.

“When the team came here 12 areas where not conforming to what they
wanted, and after some works our team went to Europe and they met 10 out
of the 12 conditions that were required, it was discovered that we were
manual and not computerised, but before we went to Europe, the Civil
Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe had told us not to fly the planes until we
had complied.

“There is no danger with flying Air Zimbabwe, of course there are some few
problems but we will sort that out and our planes will be running before
end of this month but that does not stop Air Zimbabwe to fly anywhere
including America or Europe because he has immunity,” Gumbo told the Daily
News.

Air Zim is said to be losing up to $3 million a month, in addition to
being saddled with a $300 million declared debt. The extent of the rot
devouring Air Zimbabwe was first exposed to the public in March when it
was revealed that Mugabe was resorting to hiring private jets for his
overseas travels, after it emerged that the poorly-performing national
carrier had failed to service its planes.

As a result, Mugabe had to lease a private jet from Bahrain, which he used
to travel to Singapore and Ghana then. Mugabe used the same plane during
his second trip to Singapore and on his trip to Mexico last month where he
was attending a climate conference last week.

Air Zim’s fleet comprises two Boeing 767s, three 737s, three MA60s and two
Airbus A320s. However, only four of those are flying: one airbus, one
Boeing 767, one 737 and an MA60.

The national carrier has over the past three decades struggled to
shake-off claims of corruption and ineptitude, which has led to the
dismissals of several of its boards and senior managers.

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 6
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    Ndonga 3 months

    Come on people just think hard about this statement by Transport Minister Jorum Gumbo,

    “Whenever the president is travelling, we charge him the same amount that
    we charge anyone else. The president is in fact our number one client
    because that is where we get our money, we only hire when there are
    problems with our planes and that can be found in different countries,” he
    said, adding that Mugabe “pays the money even before he leaves the
    country”.

    How can one man be a National airline’s best customer?

    But sadly we all know that this is true no matter how silly it sounds to people like us who have to labour hard for our living!

    And of course Mugabe does not mind paying “even before he leaves the country”. Why should he mind…he is not gallivanting and playing with his own money, but with ours! This when we have to struggle for simple things that we used to take for granted like a warm bed, a hot cup of sweet tea on a cold morning, and children who are well fed and happy…and at school.

    Yes, please God speed the day when we have leaders who work for all the people of Zimbabwe, and not for them and theirs.

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    Nyoni 3 months

    What utter bull. You think we are idiots. This statement simply shows how we are looked upon. Complete bloody idiots . Get to hell you ZANUPF bobos

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    Kevin 3 months

    When a whole minister can say something so out of place and does not realize it and am sure gets no real feedback from anyone that what they have said is a monstrosity.
    When a country’s sole airline which is supposed to be operating commercially says the president of the country, whose son in law runs the airline by the way, is its best customer,

    Then guys you know tavekunonzi kumawere. Hakudzokwi. Zvafa izvi

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    Fallenz 3 months

    Gumbo is merely “playing to their political base”… ZANU-PF and their supporters either do not care, or are too ignorant to realize what an idiotic statement sounds like. They will accept a donkey braying if they can spin the hee-haw to sound like Mugabe and ZANU-PF are doing a wonderful job running the country. With that, they are satisfied… even if the donkey is really saying, “Move back, I need to fart really bad!”

    Any real, unbiased analysis of what is going on quickly concludes the truth, just as the previous comments state. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or forensics genius to see through all the rubbish. It’s quite clear to even the most common among us… and that may be me. It’s only those who want to believe a lie who refuse to consider reality. You see, it wasn’t a revolution to bring freedom to the people, if so, where is the freedom? It wasn’t to bring equality of wealth, if so, where is the equality? Pure and simple, it was a bank heist in disguise… undeniable, and evidenced now by the empty bank vaults, and Air Zim’s “best customer”.

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    Charles Frizell 3 months

    And then – where does The Ancient Tokoloshe get this money? SURELY not stolen from the people of Zimbabwe?

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    Another important point that Jorum would not dare say is that the so-called upfront payment started not so long ago, and certainly has not always been like that. Hence, why it even qualifies as news for poor Jo to broadcast to the nation. Also, Jo didn’t tell us or does not have capacity to decipher: Why Mugabe is now ready do so-called upfront payment at a time his government is broke while he was reluctant to do so during his government’s heydays?

    It’s clear, the issue is all about keeping the son-in-law’s money-spinning machine oiled. Yes, vazukuru havangashayi dovi ka netwese tunonaka-naka kumba uko.

    Effectively, Jo is simply saying: Vemumba yovushe (the Gushongo-lites) havatenderwi kuziva chinohwi zhara kudzimba kwavo as long as the goblin is still in charge. nxaaaaaa!