By Dumisani Nyoni
Bulawayo, August 16, 2016 – CIVIC groups in Bulawayo have demanded the introduction of devolution in the country, which they said will help stop the continued employment of outsiders at the expense of locals by firms operating in the city.
Speaking at a joint press conference on Monday, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) said it was worrisome that the companies were still importing labour, adding this was tantamount to undermining the country’s constitution which emphasises on the country’s geographical regions promoting local interests.
The call comes after a local security guard company, Guard Tech Security has reportedly fired its entire 102 workforce and replaced it with employees from Harare.
“We wonder why local companies seek services from outsiders yet there are capable people here in Bulawayo,” said an activist, Ndodana Moyo.
Moyo, however, said their call for devolution seems to have fallen on deaf ears as the government was not making any strides towards implementing it.
“It is time we act against the government; the situation in this country is worsening,” he said.
He urged every citizen to join hands and lobby the current Zanu PF led government to introduce a devolved state.
Education and Unemployment Youth Forum of Zimbabwe director, Zenzo Nyoni, said the dismissal of Guard Tech workers was caused by importation of labour which should not be happening.
“We castigate such behavior because it is not in our constitution. The constitution spells out devolution yet it has not been implemented. This is not the only problem we have encountered here where labour is imported. The government is sabotaging Matabeleland,” Nyoni said.
Save Matabeleland Coalition director, Busani Sibindi, said importation of labour was another structural way of Gukurahundi, as people in Matabeleland would suffer from such.
According to workers, 102 security guards were dismissed from Guard Tech Security under the guise that they were failing to discharge their duties professionally.
Workers said they were not given three months’ notices but served with dismissal letters while others were simply told by their supervisors to stop reporting for duty.
They further accused Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko’s Choppies Supermarket of revoking its contract with Guard Tech and hiring the Harare-based security firm, Romicon Security.
Workers said after Guard Tech’s contract with Choppies was terminated, Romicon Security in turn fired its workers citing incompetence.