Travelling chaos for Air Zimbabwe passengers as only plane grounded in Bulawayo

Travelling chaos for Air Zimbabwe passengers as only plane grounded in Bulawayo 1

BULAWAYO – Air Zimbabwe passengers suffered travelling chaos starting on Friday last week after the airline’s only serviceable plane was grounded by a technical fault at Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport in Bulawayo. The Boeing 767-200ER was still not flying on Sunday. In a statement, Air Zimbabwe said its engineers were “working flat out to bring the aircraft back to serviceability” and normal operations were expected to resume soon, without provide a date. The state-owned carrier said it was putting passengers on other airlines. The B767 flies all Air Zimbabwe’s…

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Court hears of intense ZINARA boardroom fights as finance director’s trial starts

Court hears of intense ZINARA boardroom fights as finance director’s trial starts 3

HARARE – Boardroom fights at the government roads agency are so intense executives avoid talking to each other, a court heard on Wednesday. This emerged as the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) finance director Mudzingwa Simon Taranhike pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal abuse of office over allegations he pressured another executive to release 1,800 litres of petrol coupons to a journalist. Taranhike told Harare magistrate Hosea Mujaya at the start of his trial that the charges were fabricated by colleagues who are angling for the vacant chief executive…

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Ncube raises electricity tariffs, road toll fees in mid-year budget review

Ncube raises electricity tariffs, road toll fees in mid-year budget review 5

HARARE – Finance minister Mthuli Ncube announced new electricity tariffs on Thursday while also hiking road toll fees. Average domestic electricity tariffs would rise to ZW$0.27 up from ZW$0.9 per kilowatt/hour with immediate effect as the government seeks to raise more funds for power imports. The business tariff would average ZW$0.45, up from nine cents. Presenting the 2019 mid-term budget review, Ncube announced that tollgate fees for light motor vehicles would go up from ZW$2 to ZW$10 – meaning motorists will now fork out ZW$60 on a one-way trip between…

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Top ZINARA managers resign, 19 pilfering employees held in graft probe

HARARE – Two top executives from Zimbabwe’s roads agency have resigned just days after MPs heard how senior managers paid themselves hefty allowances for suits, hairdressers and gym. Zimbabwe National Roads Authority (ZINARA) acting CEO Mathlene Mujokoro and audit manager Shadreck Mutengabadza are leaving the roads agency, according to board chairman Michael Madanha. ZINARA will also not be renewing the contracts of suspended CEO Nancy Masiyiwa-Chamisa and the human resources and operations director Precious Murove, he added. Meanwhile, 19 ZINARA employees have been arrested for fraudulent transactions amounting to US$210,000,…

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