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Government says ‘Zim Airways not part of AirZim’

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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