Following the departure administrator Mr Reggie Saruchera, the Zimbabwean government has moved to appoint an interim board for the national airline, Air Zimbabwe
The interim board of 6 members has been appointed by Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Felix Mhona after approval from president Emmerson Munangawa
According to the Zimbabwe Herald, the interim board is led by the chairperson Mr Andrew Bvumbe, who is the head of Zimbabwe Debt Management Office in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.
The board is tasked with steering the airline forward under a cabinet approved business plan and remedying the corporate governance failures of the past
“Under a difficult financial climate and operational challenges, Air Zimbabwe remains the national flagship and Government will do all in its power to sustain operations and viability of the airline,” said Minister Felix Mhona.
“I appreciate that under difficult conditions, the Administrator and those who came before him have endured to demonstrate resilience in a manner that has aided continued operations of Air Zimbabwe.”
The new board also includes Zimbabwe Tourism Authority acting chief executive, Mr Givemore Chidzidzi, Mr Pfungwa Kunaka who is head of the Public Sector Investment Programme in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Dr Michael Musanzwika, director public procurement in the Corporate Governance Unit in the Office of the President, Mr Nyikadzino Chifema deputy director strategic policy planning in the Ministry of Transport and Advocate Kingstone Magaya, a Legal advisor in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development
Minister Felix Mhona expressed optimism and reiterated the importance of an accountable business environment at the airline
“We are upbeat that through implementation of good governance and accountability principles including mechanisms for regular reporting and feedback on crucial matters, the airline shall thrive,” he said.