Debt ridden national airliner appoints CEO


HARARE-Struggling national career, Air Zimbabwe Pvt Ltd, board has appointed veteran business executive, Edmund Makona as a substantive Chief Executive Officer with effect from the 1st of November 2023.

The former TelOne chief executive, Chipo Mtasa led board announced the appointment on Monday 13 November of Makona who was the acting CEO from 12 April 2023 until the time of appointment.

“The Air Zimbabwe (Private) Limited Board of Directors is pleased to advise all stakeholders that Mr Edmund Makona has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Airline with effect from 1st of November 2023.

“Mr Makona has been appointed in terms of Section 14 (4) (b) of the Public Entities Corporate Governance Act (Chapter 10-31) for an effective 5 -year term,” Air Zimbabwe Board of Directors said in a statement.

Air Zimbabwe has been struggling due to maladministration and the Government in 2020 assumed its debt of over US$300m to allow it to reconstruct.

Makona has vast experience in the aviation industry spanning 38 years.

“He has been an Aviation consultant with aeronautical engineering background, a type-related licensed aircraft engineer, aviation quality, safety and security expert and a trainer for the aircraft engineers and pilots ground school.

“Mr Makona, also served both as President and Executive Committee Member of the African Airline Association. He is currently the Ambassador of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) for the Africa Southern Region on the African Union (AU) initiative regarding the liberalisation of the African Skies,” added the Air Zimbabwe Board of Directors.

The national airliner is looking forward to tap into Makona’s wealthy of experience in the aviation industry and turn around its waning fortunes.

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