New twist to Zimbabwe Airways saga as Special Anti-corruption Unit wants to visit Malaysia

New twist to Zimbabwe Airways saga as Special Anti-corruption Unit wants to visit Malaysia 1

By Nigel Pfunde | Zim Morning Post | The Zimbabwe Airways saga has taken a new twist amid reports that the Special Anti-Corruption unit in the Office of the President and Cabinet is expected to visit Malaysia to ascertain the nature of the plane acquisition transaction and the prices which are believed to have been inflated, the Zim Morning Post has learnt. Bona Mugabe Chikore and her husband, Simba Chikore, at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Former president Robert Mugabe’s son in law Simba Chikore and former Transport minister Jorum…

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Lawyer declines to testify against Mugabe’s son-in-law

Lawyer declines to testify against Mugabe’s son-in-law 2

By Tarisai Machakaire A Harare lawyer has refused to testify against former president Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law Simba Chikore as a State witness to establish an essential fact of the Zimbabwe Airways senior staff row as well as provide expert testimony saying she retains a contingent fee interest in the case. Simba Chikore (centre) and wife Bona Mugabe (right) Harare lawyer Phillipa Phillips was due to testify against Chikore in the trial but advised the court in a letter that there would be conflict of interest and had to seek consent…

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Simba Chikore back in court

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By Panashe Machakaire The trial of former President Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law Simba Chikore, who is accused of kidnapping his employee at Zimbabwe Airways offices, opened yesterday at the Harare Magistrate’s Court, with the complainant, Mrs Bertha Zakeyo, narrating how she was unlawfully detained. Simba Chikore (centre) and wife Bona Mugabe (right) In her evidence in chief before magistrate Mrs Victoria Mashamba, Mrs Zakeyo claimed that Chikore gave a directive to security guard Simbarashe Mutimbe to bar her from leaving Zimbabwe Airways offices until she handed over her phone. “The security…

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One of ‘Mugabe planes’ sold

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By Benjamin Manzini One of the four aircraft bought by government from Malaysia has reportedly been sold to Jet Midwest, a US-based leading global aviation parts provider, due to non-payment by Zimbabwe. Local media reports had linked Zimbabwe Airways and the new planes to former president Robert Mugabe’s family (Photo by @HaruMutasa) Government had all along claimed it bought four Boeing 777 aircraft from Malaysia and an Embraer plane, with the planes set to be leased to a new local airline Zim Airways until national carrier Air Zimbabwe returned to…

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‘Zim Airways not part of AirZim’

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By Tawanda Musarurwa Zimbabwe Airways is a completely different and autonomous entity from Air Zimbabwe and is therefore not part of the reconstruction process, Ministry of Transport of Infrastructure Development Acting Permanent Secretary Kudzanai Chinyanga has said. Zimbabwe Airways “Currently there is no relationship between Air Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe Airways. These are two separate State-owned enterprises. “(The administrator) Mr Reggie Saruchera is responsible for reconstructing Air Zimbabwe and Air Zimbabwe Holdings. Zimbabwe Airways is not yet in his portfolio,” he said while giving evidence before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on…

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Chikore, Mutimbe to be jointly charged

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By Shamiso Dzingire Former president Robert Mugabe’s son-in law Simba Chikore will be tried together with his co-accused Simbarashe Mutimbe after the State successfully applied that their dockets be married. Former President Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law Simba Chikowore (left) and his wife Bona at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts (Picture by NewsDay) Chikore and Mutimbe allegedly unlawfully detained Zimbabwe Airways employee Bertha Zakeyo for four hours when they denied her exit from her workplace. The State, represented by Linda Gadzikwa, applied that the two be jointly charged because they connived to commit…

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