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Civil Aviation Authority responds to reports of slowdown at airport

The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) says reports circulating on social media suggesting that the authority’s workers were on strike and that flights have been turned away at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport are fake and mischievous.

Social media was awash Tuesday morning with reports of a go-slow at the main airport, with some speculating that a job action was in progress.

“Our attention has been drawn to some reports circulating on various media platforms this morning. Our airspace is open and flights are operating as normal,” the CAAZ said in a statement.

But self-exiled former Cabinet Minister Jonathan Moyo, who also served as Zanu-PF’s chief propagandist, said the CAAZ was lying.

“Lies. You cannot fool all the people at any one time. Your radar system crushed this morning and affected flights amid claims of suspected sabotage!” Jonathan Moyo said.

Earlier reports had suggested that travellers were left stranded in the morning today after all outbound flights were cancelled owing to a strike by air traffic controllers.

Online reports also reported that one of the managers had to man the air traffic control tower as the strike paralysed the smooth flow of operations at Robert Mugabe International Airport.

CAAZ workers were reportedly protesting against poor working conditions including elongated working hours.

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