Zimbabwe's main airport operating without radar, says lawmaker

Zimbabwe's main international airport in Harare was renamed after Zimbabwean President Robert Gabriel Mugabe. AFP/Jekesai Njikizana

HARARE - Planes are landing at Zimbabwe's main international airport without any radar systems to guide air traffic controllers, a lawmaker said in a video released on Friday.

"We cannot continue to operate without a proper radar system. It is very dangerous in terms of security," said Oscar Gorerino, head of Parliament's budget committee, during a session recorded on Thursday.

Zimbabwe has already contracted with China Harbour Equipment Company to upgrade the radar at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare.

The Export-Import Bank of China loaned Zimbabwe $153-million to upgrade the airport, including the radar system, the committee heard.

But the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) said it only has $1.5-million in its coffers.

The new radar would cost $3.4-million, the committee said.

The hearing did not discuss what happened to the rest of the loan or indicate when the radar broke down.

"It is very dangerous to have a non-functional radar system for a nation," Gorerino said.

"Why is it taking too long to be upgraded?"

Zimbabwe's economy has lurched from crisis to crisis for two decades, with foreign currency chronically in short supply.

Source
AFP

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