If the hotels are completely closed, there will be no hotel in Masvingo town as Chevron and Flamboyant hotels are the only two hotels found in the country’s ancient city. Other hotels are some kilometres away from town.
About five top managers from Chevron, Flamboyant and Fairmile hotels were stopped from going to work this week while tens of general hand workers from various business units were unceremoniously sent on forced unpaid leave.
The Managing Director Edison Zvobgo (jnr) – son to the late veteran politician denied giving details to what is taking place preferring to say they are ‘just undergoing some housekeeping issues’.
“There is nothing really worth writing; we are just undergoing some housekeeping programme. Of cause, like any other player in the hotel and catering industry, we are not financially safe,” said Zvobgo.
He however, denied commenting about the fired managers.
“The one who told you the story should have given you the comments. If we are broke then what?” asked Zvobgo before switching off his mobile phone.
Radio VOP was informed that workers had gone for more than three months now without salary.
“The business is nose-diving. Everything is dying out. There is now a total collapse and definitely the empire is on verge of collapse.
“Chevron alone owes its debtors over US$ 350 000, Flamboyant hotel is over US$400 000, Fairmile sits on about US$ 300 000 while Panyanda Lodges and Ritz night club are also sitting on a very huge amount,” said the source.
Fired managers include the longest serving Chevron hotel general manager John Gwese, Josiah Teveraishe from Fairmile and Phillip Masukume from Flamboyant while Fredrick Kasese the group general manager has been suspended.
“There is chaos, workers are now reporting to Zvobgo himself,” the