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Mnangagwa offers Air Zimbabwe to Ethiopia?

by Mandla Ndlovu
14 Feb 2019 at 14:06hrs | Views
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is reported to have offered Ethiopian Airlines a de3al to takeover and run the beleaguered and indebted Air Zimbabwe.

This was revealed by veteran author and journalist James Hall on Wednesday.

Said Hall, "Ethiopian Airlines is still interested in running Air Zimbabwe even though Harare owes it US$18million and can't pay because of Zimbabwe currency shortage. President Emmerson Mnangagwa says if Ethiopian Airlines wants money the best way is to take over Air Zimbabwe."

Recently President Mnangagwa met with Executives of Ethiopian Airlines who put him to task over the US$18 million stuck in Zimbabwe.

After the meeting, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Retired Lieutenant General, Dr. Sibusiso Moyo, told journalists that Ethiopian Airlines is eager to get into a partnership deal with the national carrier, Air Zimbabwe.

"They are also prepared to support the organization for maintenance so that Zimbabwe becomes a hub of maintenance of aircraft just like Addis is. They would do that together with maintenance people of Air Zimbabwe and so that we can get a clear partnership which would then fly the Air Zimbabwe routes in code, sharing with Air Zimbabwe colours and they will fly all over the world using that particular agreement"

Air Zimbabwe has been choked by mountains of debt and had some of its planes impounded by creditors. Recently, one of Air Zimbabwe's popular planes, Mbuya Nehanda was grounded.

Source - Byo24News