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Government says ‘Zim Airways not part of AirZim’

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Acting Permanent Secretary Ministry of Transport of Infrastructure Development, Kudzanai Chinyanga has said.Zimbabwe Airways is a completely different and  autonomous entity from Air Zimbabwe and is therefore not part of the reconstruction process.



“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 Transport and Infrastructure Development earlier this week.

The national airliner was placed under reconstruction due to continuous failure to generate profits to remain commercially viable.

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The reconstruction order was pronounced in General Notice 758 of 2018 published in the Government Gazette this September.

“The relationship between Air Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe Airways is that they are both owned by the Government. The reason why Zimbabwe Airways was formed was to run away from the problems besetting Air Zimbabwe.

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“This was through a Cabinet decision in 2011. The decision came because operations had come to a complete halt at Air Zimbabwe,” said Chinyanga.

However, Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Joel Biggie Matiza, is on record saying that Air Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe Airways would be merged to form one entity, as both are state-owned enterprises and will play a critical role towards reviving the country’s ailing aviation sector.

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Nigeria: Activist freed after months of detention

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Omoyele Sowore a Nigerian human rights activist, pro-democracy campaigner, and founder of an online news agency Sahara Reporters has been released.

On August 3, 2019 Sowore was arrested by the Nigerian Department of Security Services (DSS) for alleged treason after calling for a protest tagged Revolution now.

A judge in Abuja ordered the secret police to free Mr Sowore and pay a fine for their repeated refusal to comply with court rulings on the case.

The police had previously refused to grant him bail, despite being told to do so.

He has pleaded not guilty to treason, money laundering and cyber-stalking.

Human rights campaigners say the case is part of a broader move to restrict freedom of speech in Nigeria.

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Nigeria: Court sentenced Orji kalu to 12 years in prision

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President Muhammadu Buhari regime has so far tackle corruption as promised to Nigerians before affirming the Nigerian president.

Though, one can not say whether his efforts are being recognize by Nigerian citizens after coming under criticism with his reform plans.

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday sentenced a former Governor of Abia, Orji Kalu, to 12 years’ imprisonment for N7.2 billion fraud and money laundering.

Orji Kalu is a business tycoon who served as the governor of Abia State, Nigeria from May 29, 1999, to May 29, 2007. Prior to his election, he served as the chairman of the Borno Water Board and the chairman of the Cooperative and Commerce Bank Limited.

Kalu was also a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) and the chairman of the PPA Board of Trustees.

He was the party’s presidential candidate in the April 2007 general election. He is currently a member of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) after he officially announced his resignation as a PPA BOT.

The court convicted Kalu, now a senator, on all the 39 counts preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission charge.

Kalu was charged alongside a former Commissioner for Finance, in the state Jones Udeogo, and his company, Slok Nig. Ltd.

While Kalu and his company were found guilty of all the 39 counts, Udeogo was convicted on 34 counts and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment.

The court ordered that the Slok Nig. Ltd. be wound up and its assets forfeited to the Federal Government

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