Chikore’s Captain claims doubted


President Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law Simba Chikore

STRONG doubts have emerged over claims by Air Zimbabwe’s former chief operating officer Simba Chikore (also known as Simba Mutsahuni) that he is a full aviation captain who flew over 7 000 hours at Qatar Airways and AirZim.

Staff Writer.

In a recent interview with our sister paper, The Standard, Chikore revealed that he had over 7 000 hours of flying and was one of the youngest captains who were short-listed by Qatar Airways when he joined the airline.

“I was sitting there reading a newspaper and there was Qatar Airways employing pilots and that is the week I was supposed to come to Zimbabwe. Surprisingly, they had called me to say stay longer. I knew I was not ready for this and I took a book that I thought they were going to use during the interviews,” Chikore said in an interview.

“I read the book for the whole week. I went to the hotel where Qatar Airways were doing the interviews, it was on a Monday and I asked if I could be allowed to come on Friday. I said I was not ready. They agreed. I was the youngest and the only black captain there and everyone was in their late 40s and they were looking at me saying what are you doing here?

“When I walked in for my interview, I was asked what aircraft do you want to fly, the 737 or the airbus 320 or the Boeing 777 and I said I have only flown the 777 but I would be happy to take any plane you assign me to. That is how I joined Qatar Airways flying the 777. Now I have over 7 000 hours on the 777 alone.”

However, information gathered from aviation industry sources at AirZim and Qatar Airways has cast doubt on Chikore’s claim that he has ever flown as a captain in Zimbabwe and the peninsular Arab country. “He was never captain anywhere! He could not possibly have accumulated 7 000hrs on the B777. He was there as a first officer. He was tested for command on the 777 and failed. So he never made it past first officer on any aircraft,” a source said.

Commenting on Chikore’s appointment as COO, the sources said this position did not exist within AirZim and was only created to accommodate former president Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law. Chikore is married to Mugabe’s daughter Bona.
Efforts to get comment from Chikore were in vain.

7 thoughts on “Chikore’s Captain claims doubted”

  1. Nharira Madondo says:

    Even the date of his mother-in- law, Grace Marufu is not correct. Ask people from Chodyiwa village, they will tell you that she was not born in 1965. Check for the year she did grade 7 at Madondo Primary school then her proper age will come out.She was born in 1962

  2. Nharira Madondo says:

    Correction>Her date of birth and when she did grade 5

  3. SHIBOBO says:

    Simba Chikowore was never a captain anywhere. So aviation people were very shocked when he disembarked from the Zimbabwe registered Boeing 777 with 4 bars. In the first place, is the Zimbabwe Civil Aviation Authority certified to license B777 pilots? When did the CAAZ examiners get certified on this aircraft and who signed off Simba Chikowore? He makes the whole thing so stupid by claiming that he has 7,000 hours on that aircraft. Pilots the world over do a maximum of 1,100 hours a year because that is what is permitted. Here in Zimbabwe the yearly limit is 1,000 hours. Very few pilots ever reach those figures due to duty time limitations. Chikowore must not make a fool of himself. If he is telling the truth, can this publication ask for and publish a copy of his log book. If this is proven true, then we will surely apologize to the esteemed Captain!!!!

  4. j j says:

    who cares

    1. Resident 27 says:

      i fly,i care!

  5. Mutakura says:

    A crook. Just like the mother in law

  6. :: says:

    Difficult to believe because the 94 year old had his relatives dotted all over in positions including his nephew who was a minister

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