Quiet Over Zimbabwe

ACCORDING TO officials at the Zimbabwean Department of Meteorological Services, airlines are avoiding flying over the country’s airspace due to a lack of weather information.  Met office acting-director Morris Sahanga has been quoted in a national newspaper as saying that: “The automatic equipment at Zimbabwe’s airports is antiquated and cannot issue the mandatory and crucial minute-by-minute information to aircraft flying over our airspace.  Aircraft depend on these weather updates, and so they are bypassing our airspace because we can’t provide that information.”
He added that the met office needed $2million to upgrade its equipment, but received only $300,000 from President Robert Mugabe’s government.  “The expertise is there, but we lack the equipment.”