CIVIL Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (Caaz) has terminated the contracts of three senior managers who co-operated with the police in their ongoing corruption investigation of the parastatal’s embattled chief executive David Chawota.
Sources at the aviation company said Caaz has terminated the contracts of Harare Airport manager Priscilla Mawire, corporate secretary Caroline Chigumira and finance director Joel Masuku with effect from April 30.
“Caaz has written to the three managers informing them their contracts have been terminated with effect from April 30. The termination came as no surprise given the bad blood between the trio and the CEO,” said a source.
“I am aware that Chigumira’s contract was expiring this month-end and this could have also been the case with other managers.”
According to sources, Chawota would have also fired former head of customer services Nanette Silukhuni but her recent appointment to the Anti-Corruption Commission saved her from the chop.
The four senior managers had a strained relationship with Chawota after cooperating with police during the time he was suspended by the parastatal’s board chaired then by Allana Moosa. Efforts to get a comment from CAAZ were fruitless as the public relations manager Anna-Julia Hungwe was said to be out of office.
The Moosa-led board suspended Chawota in July last year before resigning en masse in November after Transport minister Joram Gumbo reinstated the Caaz boss thereby stopping internal investigations like he did at CMED.
Despite his reinstatement and the halting of internal investigations, Chawota is being investigated by the Criminal Investigations Department’s fraud squad over allegations of abuse of office and corruption.
Detectives are investigating allegations that he facilitated the awarding of a contract for the supply of stationery, diaries, outdoor advertising, graphic designs and printing to a company called LL Promotions (Pvt) Ltd, in which he is a director.