Planes land at Zimbabwe’s main international airport without any radar system to guide air traffic controllers, a lawmaker said in a video released Friday.
“We cannot continue to operate without an appropriate radar system. It is very dangerous in terms of security,” Oscar Gorerino, head of the Parliament’s budget committee, said in a recorded parliamentary session on Thursday.
Zimbabwe has already contracted with China Harbor Equipment Company to modernize the radar at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare.
The Export-Import Bank of China has loaned Zimbabwe $ 153 million to upgrade the airport, including the radar system, the committee learned.
But the Zimbabwe Civil Aviation Authority (CAAZ) said it only had $ 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 remainder of the loan, or indicate when the radar went down.
“It is very dangerous to have a non-functioning radar system for a nation,” Gorerino said.
“Why is the upgrade taking too long? “
Zimbabwe’s economy went from crisis to crisis for two decades, with a chronic shortage of foreign exchange.