… shocking details of rot at flag carrier
Review & Mail Head of Content
National flag carrier, Air Zimbabwe, whose plane was forced into an emergency landing in Asia this week after engine failure, has no spare parts, let alone a new engine that could be required to be mounted on the defective craft.
Insiders this week told Review & Mail that the breakdown of the airline’s sole carrier – which has been on marathon charters to repatriate citizens stranded in the Far East and picking up goods – has been having severe operational challenges despite picking the lucrative jobs.
Air Zimbabwe has failed to pay its workers for the charters, despite the fact that the airline is paid upfront, with workers now being owed thousands of dollars.
Sources reveal that the airline could also be exposing its workers to Covid-19 after failing to observe health protocols in disinfecting the plane and changing crews.
Further, crews have been left exposed after being fed substandard meals on the trips, and in one severe case, workers spent three days eating carbonated drinks and potato crisps.
The airline sent workers on unpaid leave two months ago but has been recalling some for the charter.
However, hopes of succor by workers have quickly evaporated amid poor management.
Air Zimbabwe is under the management of Grant Thornton.
“The management has no money for anything,” an impeccable source revealed.
“Right now they don’t have spare parts for the broken plane. Crews have not been paid, so where is the money going?”
The charters are believed to rake in millions of dollars.
However, of the four trips to Asia in the past two months, only one was fully rewarded for crews.
In an interview, spokesperson Firstme Vitori said: “The first charter was from a local client hence there was no challenge with the disbursements of allowances for our crew.
“Subsequent charters have been externally based hence the movement of funds has taken longer which has delayed the full settlement of allowances.”
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