• Chidozie Uzoezie

Air Zimbabwe Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

Struggling Air Zimbabwe has appointed Captain Ripton Muzenda, son of Zimbabwe's late Vice President Simon Muzenda, as its new chief executive officer.

Captain Ripton Muzenda replaces Mr Edmund Makona who has been at the airline's helm of affair in an acting capacity since 2013.

The airline has been operating without a substantive CEO since the departure of Peter Chikumba when he failed to renew his contract in 2011. Later the post was held first by Innocent Mavhunga and Edmund Makona in acting capacities.

Muzenda once worked as a pilot at the airline and was also a chief instructor with critics saying he had no management experience to run the flag carrier, which is incurring an estimated $3 million loss monthly.

In a statement, Air Zimbabwe said Muzenda who has been a pilot for over 25 years, is expected to begin his duties at the helm of the national airline on Monday.

"Captain Muzenda brings a wealth of aviation knowledge, skills, experience and leadership to Air Zimbabwe. He has been an airline pilot for over 25 years. He held the posts of senior training captain and examiner at Air Zimbabwe,” said the statement.

He also worked for Singapore Airlines and held the posts of Boeing 747-400 captain, management pilot line operations and crew resource management facilitator.

Captain Ripton Muzenda holds an MBA in Aviation management from Coventry University in England.

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