Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed hospitality and retail company, Meikles Africa Limited is allegedly using racist tactics to fire top black management workers in a move that has raised questions among stakeholders about the group’s commitment to the country’s laws and policies.
It has emerged that the company has since the beginning of this year been firing top black management workers in a move that some observers have described as racial purging.
Sources conversant with the day to day running of the group revealed that several top black managers have been fired without genuine reasons.
This is not the first time that the group has been accused of racism after the same allegations were raised after the ousting of a black entrepreneur and banker, Nigel Chanakira from the company through the demerger of Kingdom Financial Holdings from the conglomerate.
Efforts to get in touch with the chairman and majority shareholder for Meikles Africa Limited, John Moxon, failed as he is reportedly said to be out of the country.
But a top official for the group, Balmont declined to respond to the allegations.
Allegations of the firing of top black management workers are coming at a time when the Zimbabwean government is forging ahead with the indigenisation policy to ensure that locals get access to controlling stakes in foreign-controlled companies.