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Safari operator 'hires' CIOs to intimidate workers

by Staff reporter
30 May 2024 at 08:44hrs | Views
Wilderness Safaris, a prominent safari operator, faces accusations of violating the rights of its employees, with claims of employing suspected State security agents to intimidate workers.

Operating camps and mobile safaris across Africa, including countries like Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, employees allege being stuck on short-term contracts for over a decade.

One disgruntled worker based in Hwange expressed frustration, citing the difficulty in planning for the future under perpetual short-term contracts.

Allegations emerged that officials from the President's Department visited the company, warning employees against disruption and implying consequences if complaints about labor practices persisted.

Shareholder Edison Kadzombe refrained from confirming or denying the allegations, stating that operational matters fall outside his purview, but promised to investigate upon his return to Zimbabwe.

Managing director Dean Morton refuted the accusations, attributing them to some employees attempting to manipulate the company. He declined to discuss contract details publicly, citing confidentiality.

While acknowledging recent visits by government officials to their camps, Morton denied claims of intimidation, asserting that these visits aimed to showcase the company's contributions to conservation and the local economy.

However, he acknowledged an ongoing internal issue with an employee attempting extortion.

Wilderness Safaris operates multiple camps in Zimbabwe, including Linkwasha, Little Makalolo, Davison's, Makalolo, Kashawe, Ruckomechi, Chikwenya, and Little Ruckomechi.

Source - newsday
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