Dismiss ineffective boards: businessmen

Members of the business community have called for the dismissal of ineffective parastatal boards.

At a recent Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce meeting in Harare, the business community said the boards were responsible for the non performance of the parastatals, resulting in the drain on the national fiscus.

ZNCC vice-president for Harare, David Govere, told the meeting that it was ‘big men’ who were responsible for the non-performance of the boards.

"We are tired of the big men syndrome. It has drained the parastatals," he said Govere said Air Zimbabwe was a prime example of how boards can damage national institutions "We have a situation where the board, which should ideally be playing its role in independently making the best commercial recommendations for the airline, is fearfully looking over its political shoulder. The board-appointing authority at the relevant ministry must in turn fearfully look over its own political shoulder rather than helping the struggling airline from deep trouble."

The ZNCC meeting was convened to discuss the aviation sector which in the last decade has been on the downward trend.

According to figures released at the meeting from 1999, 45 airlines were landing at Harare International Airport, compared to nine that are landing today. The number of licensed pilots In the country has dwindled from 1206 to 167, while that of engineers had gone down from 300 to 65.

Chairman of the Civil Aviation Association, Nkosilati Sibanda, castigated the boards, especially of Air Zimbabwe which he said had not welcomed new ideas from elsewhere.

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