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Mugabe's son in-law appointed to co-head Zimbabwe's national airline

The Transport Ministry insists that Simba Chikore is well qualified for the job.

The Zimbabwean flag. Picture: WikiCommons

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's son-in-law, Simba Chikore, has been named second in command of the struggling national airline Air Zimbabwe.

The move has sparked outrage on social media but the country's transport minister says there's nothing untoward about the appointment.

Transport Minister Joram Gumbo says Chikore's credentials surpass the required qualifications for Air Zimbabwe's Chief Operating Officer.

The minister told the state-run Herald that Chikore is the best person for the job.

But the appointment, the second highest position at their airline, has provoked outrage on social media.

Opposition politician David Coltart says Air Zimbabwe should make public the 133 unsuccessful candidates who were also interviewed - so Zimbabweans can see for themselves if Chikore really was the best.

Chikore is believed to have worked as a pilot before marrying Mugabe's only daughter Bona in 2014.