THE Civil Aviation of Zimbabwe (Caaz) has sent its general manager David Chawota on forced leave to pave way for investigations into alleged poor corporate governance, The Standard has learnt.
BY OBEY MANAYITI
Chawota, who has been at the helm of Caaz for the past nine years, will however be on full salary and benefits and was advised to surrender all company documents to allow for the investigation.
In a letter dated July 16 signed by the board chairman Moosa Allana, Chawota has also been barred from visiting Caaz offices.
“Please be advised that you are being sent on forced leave with immediate effect [July 16 2015] pending investigations relating to the suspicion of poor corporate governance issues,” reads the letter also copied to Transport minister Obert Mpofu and permanent secretary Munesushe Munodawafa.
“You are hereby advised that you shall not enter any of the Caaz premises. Please be further advised that you shall not interfere with any of the investigations. You are further required to surrender all company documents in your possession immediately,” added the letter.
Caaz is in charge of all airports in the country, aircraft parking, ground handling, fueling, security and airside shuttle buses.
Efforts to get a comment from Chawota were fruitless as his mobile phone went unanswered.
Allana last night confirmed the development but refused to provide details.
Chawota’s sacking came hard on the heels of the dismissal of former board chairman Temba Nyoni late last month after serving for just one year.
Nyoni was sacked by Mpofu for allegedly failing to stamp his authority in the operations of Caaz where allegations of gross mismanagement were rife.
Caaz director, Joel Masuku recently told Parliament that the company was technically insolvent as its liabilities exceeded assets. It was struggling to retire a $240 million debt.