President Emmerson Mnangagwa opted to fly to Guinea aboard a luxurious jet operated by Comlux which has is headquarters in Switzerland.
According to sources, Mnangagwa could have used Air Zimbabwe to travel to Guinea. The source said:
Air Zimbabwe was all the years been depending on presidential trips but since the coming in of President Mnangagwa, it has become very difficult to secure those deals. He opts to fly with a more luxurious aircraft. But this comes with a cost as the Swiss airline is paid in foreign currency while Air Zimbabwe would have been paid using the real time gross settlement process without stressing the national purse.
NewsDay could not get a comment from Mnangagwa’s spokesperson George Charamba who was said to have accompanied the President to Guinea. NewsDay reports Transport minister Joel Biggie Matiza was not picking up his phone.
Air Zimbabwe is the national airline of Zimbabwe. The airline has faced financial difficulties over the last decades owing to alleged mismanagement. In June 2017, the airline was rebranded to Zimbabwe Airways in an attempt to boost the national carrier’s fleet and increase its routes.