WASHINGTON DC —
President Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law, Simba Chikore, has been appointed chief operations officer of the struggling national airline, Air Zimbabwe.
According to Transport Minister Joram Gumbo, Chikore is expected to take up the post after outclassing other interviewees for the post.
Chikore married President Mugabe’s daughter, Bona, in 2014.
Gumbo dismissed as baseless suggestions that Chikore landed the job due to his close links with the first family.
He noted that there were many Zimbabweans related to the Mugabes, including himself, who are qualified to get top state or parastatal jobs.
Little is known about Chikore’s aviation background.
Air Zimbabwe is saddled with debts running into millions of dollars, which once landed the airline into trouble as some of its planes were impounded by creditors.
One of the Air Zimbabwe top executives was once prosecuted for alleged corruption and theft.