air zimbabwePotential foreign investors have demanded that embattled national airline Air Zimbabwe addresses its salary disputes with employees before entering a deal with them.This was revealed by Transport and Infrastructural Development ministry secretary Munesushe Munodawafa when he appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport and Infrastructural Development.

Munodawafa was asked by the committee to explain the strategies his ministry was going to take to resuscitate ailing parastatals like Air Zimbabwe and National Railways of Zimbabwe.

“We have quietly tried to discuss partnerships with potential investors who do not want their names to be mentioned and their key message was that they cannot partner with a company which is not operating,” Munodawafa said.

“I have talked to five international airlines and almost all of them said they wanted to partner with an airline that is operating and basically they were also saying we should sort out the labour issues,” he said.

Air Zimbabwe owes $40 million to its workers and $140 million to various creditors.

Munodawafa said the government was looking at partnerships with credible airlines with credible markets.

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