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.