Sources said Mugabe leased a private aircraft owned by
Mbada Diamonds, one of the diamond mining firms, to ferry him from Harare to South Africa where he boarded Singapore Airlines.
Air Zimbabwe suspended all domestic, regional and international flights in January and has been operating charter flights. This is the second time Mugabe has used Mbada’s jet in less five months. In December, he was forced to rely on its services when Air Zimbabwe’slong haul Boeing 767-200 was holed up in London after developing a technical fault. It was then impounded at Gatwick Airport in by American General Supplies over a $1.2 million debt. In January Air Zimbabwe delayed Mugabe’s return from his holiday in the Far East after bungling flight schedules. Its Boeing 767-200 was barred from flying over Vietnam’s airspace on its way from China to Singapore to pick him up.Post published in: News