Govt to revive Air Zimbabwe

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SIMBA RUSHWAYA

The government says it wants to revive Air Zimbabwe after acquiring four B777-200 airplanes from Malaysia and an Embraer aircraft from the United States of America amid further restructuring of other parastatals; the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) and the Grain Marketing Board (GMB).

Addressing the media after a cabinet meeting this evening, the minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa said the government was in the process of “rebuilding” the national airline.

“Following a presentation by the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural  Development, and cognizant of the urgent imperative to rebuild the national airline, Air Zimbabwe cabinet resolved to proceed poste-haste with the acquisition of  four Boeing 777 aircraft from Malaysia and to work on the expeditious  delivery of Embraer aircraft purchased in the United States of America,” said Mutsvangwa.

Meanwhile, ZESA will “merge all the group’s companies into a single vertically integrated company with the subsidiary companies becoming divisions of the new enterprise.”

In this endeavor government will engage a reputable human resources consultant on the best way to restructure the electricity company which will see Powertel being hived-off ZESA and merged with Zarnet and Africom.

The Grain Marketing Board will be split into two entities. One will be responsible for the  Strategic Grain Reserve and the other company will be known as the Silo Food Industries which will be a commercial business entity.