Police in Harare have arrested a few university student leaders from the College of Zimbabwe, as legal rights lawyers went to court to problem the eviction of hundreds of professional medical pupils in the wake of this week’s fees protest.
Harare – It has a handsome black tail fin, with a gold Zimbabwe fowl at its centre, and crimson, yellow and environmentally friendly stripes on its stern.
But it’s the new title, alongside the country’s countrywide flower that has obtained folks puzzled: Zimbabwe Airways. Not Air Zimbabwe?
A YouTube movie of the Boeing 777 having off in this new livery and beneath this new title has been shared extensively by Zimbabweans, fuelling debate.
Enjoy the movie below
The movie was taken someday this yr at Malaysia’s Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport. The plane continue to bears a smaller Malaysian flag on the forward fuselage, incorporating to the intrigue.
‘What’s likely on?’
“A number of concerns. Is Air Zimbabwe now Zimbabwe Airways? Whose plane is it? What’s likely on?” asked Zimbabwean journalist Mduduzi Mathuthu on Twitter.
Speculated @Baekithemba: “Zimbabwe Airways is technically a new entity established up to disentangle it from Air Zimbabwe debt. Govt most likely to consider above debt.”
Aviation consultant Richard Maslen prompt in a tweet: “It seems #Zimbabwe has long gone forward with liquidation of Air Zimbabwe & launch of new countrywide provider.”
Banned from Europe
Air Zimbabwe’s troubles are nicely recognised. The condition-operate organization is groaning beneath a documented debt of above $300 million. In Might the European Commission banned Air Zimbabwe’s planes from flying to Europe above basic safety considerations.
There’s been no formal phrase from Air Zimbabwe on the movie.
Extensive-time period deal
But the non-public NewsDay paper explained that Air Zimbabwe has concluded a long-time period deal with Malaysia Airlines, which will see Zimbabwe leasing 4 Boeing 777-200 planes shortly.
“The task is remaining spearheaded by chief operating officer (Simba) Chikore (President Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law) as the organization forges forward with restructuring,””an unnamed organization insider explained to the paper.
The resource explained the 4 planes to be hired are 12-yr-previous Boeing 777-200ERs beforehand flown by Malaysia Airlines.