Friday, 7 October 2016


President Mugabe yesterday held bilateral talks with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in a bid to strengthen relations between the two countries. The meeting which took  almost 45 minutes was held in Putrajaya.

Mugabe then left for Singapore. Opposition parties have slammed Mugabe’s latest trip saying he was now going to great lengths to cover up his medical trips to Singapore.

Mugabe’s medical trips cost millions of dollars each time.

Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo who is accompanying the President, took advantage of the visit to exchange notes with Malaysian Deputy Minister of Transport Timbalan Menteri.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Dr Gumbo said Malaysia was his next stop after his recent visit to Ethiopia to explore business opportunities. “My visit here follows my visit to Ethiopia where I visited the Ethiopian Airlines, trying to entice them to come to Zimbabwe.
“This is my second leg, and I have taken advantage of this visit by the President.

“I took the opportunity to meet my counterpart from Malaysia to find out if their airline could also fly to Zimbabwe. As you know, Malaysia is centrally placed in this part of the world. They are the hub of the region and we want to take advantage of that.

“We also want to make sure that our Victoria Falls Airport is utilised to maximum capacity, so I am talking to a number of airlines,” said Dr Gumbo.

Gumbo has appointed President Mugabe's son-in-law as AirZim's chief operating officer, an appointment that has been ridiculed.


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