Boeing was drawn into the Zimbabwe Airways saga, in which Simba Chikore, the son-in-law of former president Robert Mugabe, was involved in massive corruption. reported the local media Herald
Boeing is blamed for dealing with Zimbabwe Airways without any proper contracts and seen “Boeing team began cosying up to the Mugabe family and would attend State functions, indicating the hand of the former First Family in the affair.”
According to Herald, “Boeing were paid US$1,030,500 by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe for their services to help in the restructuring of the national airline,”..and .. “Boeing was paid money for the training of Mr Chikore (son-in-law of former president Robert Mugabe), which never materialised as he was unable to fly the Zimbabwe Airways planes due to the absence of an Air Operators Certificate for the airline.”…
Zimbabwe airways paid a Chief pilot introduced by Boeing US$30 000 per month to fly with Chikore on Boeing 777 to get him flying hours. ..but “The problem was that the airline did not have an AOC (Air Operators Certificate). Ultimately, there was no work for the Chief Pilot to do but was to be paid anyway. The payment was to go to Boeing. Tangible work by Boeing was not evident,” the paper reported.