Latest reports from Africa Confidential

Latest reports from Africa Confidential

Dogfight. Zanu highfliers battle for control of Air Zimbabwe

Factions supporting the two main contenders to succeed President Robert Mugabe – Joice Mujuru and  Emmerson Mnangagwa – are fighting for control of the state airline, compounding its problems of poor service and corporate debts. New Transport Minister Obert Mpofu (formerly minister of mines), a close ally of Mnangagwa, has been investigating several of the airline’s leasing contracts that he deems ruinously over-priced.

Failed attempts to train air force staff to service the Airbuses has drained about $1m from the airline.

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