Chiyangwa workers go unpaid for 3 years

ABOUT 50 workers at the Zimbabwe Engineering Company (Zeco) in Bulawayo have accused their employer, Harare businessman Phillip Chiyangwa, of failing to pay them full salaries for the past three years.


The workers, who claim to be owed as much as $12 000 each in outstanding salaries, have since reported the matter to the National Employment Council for the Engineering Sector for arbitration.

At its peak, the engineering firm, which specialises in the manufacture of train wagons, reportedly employed in excess of 2 000 workers, but it has since scaled down to about 50 reportedly due to financial problems.

Last month, the company laid off 17 workers.

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions officer for the western region, Percy Mcijo, confirmed receiving the report over the crisis at the company.

“According to details we got from our members, the workers say they have not been paid for the past three years with the highly paid being owed over $12 000 each,” said Mcijo.

“On top of company closures, it appears the crisis of Bulawayo companies is now coming in various forms, ranging from scaling down operations, unclear retrenchments, use of workers without pay and liquidations,” he said.

“Bulawayo is being besieged through all forms and artillery.”

Chiyangwa, who is Zeco chairman, was not picking his mobile phone last Friday while an employee at his office said he was out.

44 Responses to Chiyangwa workers go unpaid for 3 years

  1. dusty January 28, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    Self confessed businessman? one can tell the kind of man someone is by how he looks after his staff… this person is scum.

  2. rhodes January 28, 2013 at 8:22 am #

    this chiyangwa guy needs miracle money more than anything else.

  3. dinizulu January 28, 2013 at 8:25 am #

    our Zim business tycoon what a shame, when you fail to take good care of your house how can you lead the nation, you fail 50 workers, how will you manage a constituency as an MP, ZANU PF you have to be ashamed with this man…. Mr Chiyangwa how much have you spent, flashing whilst your house is in a shumble.ZECO was a powerhouse in Africa but you destroyed it, it only need five senses for someone to cast a vote for you, you are very corrupt man you and your team your CEO,s and Directors you are shame to the nation………. think twice Chiyangwa, why can’t you sell the company and concentrate on politics without tarnishing you image……..

  4. Thabani January 28, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    This is wht they cal empowerment? ,is the same man who brought Lobels to its knees ,im surprised when people say is riched when is Africa’s leading debter.

  5. Pinmore January 28, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    Never be misled. An official one rich man in Zimbabwe is Strive Masiiwa. He is no. 34 in Africa according to Forbes Magazine 2013 update.

    • Exiled January 28, 2013 at 11:36 am #

      I agree with you hey kwete these unofficial richest people.

  6. Dj Gudo January 28, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    In as much Mr chiyangwa is being unfair to his employees, l also dont understand why these workers had to spend 3 good years on a company thats not paying. so how were they surviving?

    • Mukanya DJ January 28, 2013 at 10:02 am #

      Gudo the report says salary arears. wapuhwa 10.00 pamwe $100.00 zvichingunodaro. They were not getting full salary but something less than thier actual salary.

  7. geofas January 28, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    anoda zvemahara chaizvo

  8. Jenandebvu January 28, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    He is very silly and u wonder why he is so poshy when he rides on the sweat of the poor. God doesnt like such gross injustice…

  9. shapiro January 28, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    kasukuwere wants to give him zimplats to destroy as well

    • majetsha January 28, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

      G &D shoes was destroyed in the same way naiko tsuro magen’a aka. hupfumi hwezvikwambo haungasimudze company. vanogona kupazapaza chete. chero tuckshop yepambare mukamupa yatofira ipapo. anoitenga nei zimplats.

  10. Questions January 28, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    Is it possible for someone to remain in an unpaid job for three years?
    Why would anyone remain in an unpaid job for three years?
    What would that person be surviving on for three years?
    Why would it take a worker three years of unpaid work before doing something about it?
    Either this story has been exaggerated or the workers have not told us the full story.
    After-all, It is not surprising that this story is only now coming out after the company started to retrench workers.
    Some stories have to make sense to be believed.
    You really have to be a complete idiot to believe everything in this story.

    • gonzo January 28, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

      suwa makuwa abhadari musanyepera Chiyangwa

    • majetsha January 28, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

      Huya kuRedcliff n yu can hve all yo questions answered nemushandi weZISCO. rega kudaro hama mwari vachakuranga. varipo cz hapana kokuwana rimwe basa n havasi vose vakadzidza sewe vanogona kuwana rimwe basa. mwari vakuitire zvakanaka iwe.

    • Soja January 28, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

      “…report says salary arears. wapuhwa 10.00 pamwe $100.00 zvichingunodaro. They were not getting full salary but something less than thier actual salary”

      simply copied DJ Munya’s comment above to respond to your Questions

  11. Franklin January 28, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Bt why

    • Exiled January 28, 2013 at 11:38 am #

      because we are poor and he is rich. so the rich do as they please on the poor. God help.

  12. tsvangirai Mugabe January 28, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    The so called Dr Chiyangwa,,Zanu PF and its empowerment people.This Chiyangwa guys is juss too blund to manage any company,,how can you have a Grade 7 drop out being a CEO of a company,,thts miraculous,,imagine he is failing to take of 50workers only guys????

    • majetsha January 28, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

      taura zvako sahwira

  13. People Power January 28, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    … and Tyson wants to empoewer him. These guys they just take over companies to loot. Even the so called land reform was just about looting. This country could do better in competent hands.

  14. McGroovy January 28, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    He is trying to use his political power but the gap is closing

  15. Rusike January 28, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    VanaChiyangwa.Ko zvamuri kuda kuvaka chikoro kuChinhoyi ivo vashandi venyu vachichema nenzara? Kupa vanhu huku 500. nguruve 7 paWard yega yega vari kushanda vasina mari muhomwe? Yavo zvakare kwete yekukumbira. Shame on you.

    Kuunza ma doctors kuzorapa vanhu muChinhoyi hausi kuvabhadhara here? I doubt if they are qualified doctors vanhu ava, otherwise they are dubious doctors.Go back and pay vashandi usati wauya kuzotinyaudza nekutipa mari yako kuti tidye isu tisingakushandire uchisiya vashandi vari kuchema. Tichaidya mari yako kusvika mwoyo wamira ugozoona musi wekuvhota.Uchachema chete.

  16. sender52 January 28, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    That is black rule for you. Maybe the workers should go to court and have his property attached that will wake him up if he has forgotten he has some unpaid employees.

    • farbish chitova January 28, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

      Mr Chiyangwa what ever u call yrsf , I just want to tel u wrk is being paid , if u are nt pay ur wrkers u are very stupid man I don’t want to involved such situation u hv to stop nw

  17. Jongwe Rachembera January 28, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    This is Indigenisation and Empowerment kasukuwere style! He must be proud of the zpf Indigenisation poster child.

    • bathlomew dendere January 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      TSURO MAGEN’A. Vanavevhu remember what happened years ago in his first political ambition.Its time our elders should deal with such culprits, antcoraption help us,

  18. MDC Dimwits Read This January 28, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    You MDC loud mouths are failing to use your heads. Who stays in a job with no salary for thee years. Where, how?
    Dont display your stupidity by believing every silly story in newspapers.
    Ask yourself if you yourself would stay in a job without a salary for 3 years.
    Even if you were not paid in full why would you wait until retrenchments start to happen before you run to newspapers?
    These newspapers are taking you for fools with silly stories which you rush to post your shallow comments when the reality on the ground is that your party is falling apart & heading for a big shock defeat. Makapusa zvekupusa zviye!

    • Audie January 28, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

      Umm ndiChiyangwa chete kana Shamwari yake yapindura. Inga 2008 takararama wani tichitambira Mari yaisakwana bhazi kuenda kubasa.

      It’s called resilience and hope. Hakuna mabasa uye vazhinji vane ma salary in arrears. Zve kuti MDC kana ZANU hazvibatsire mese makafanana.

      Shame on u chiyangwa and all u who ride on the so called indeginisation coat tails.

      • chagadama January 29, 2013 at 10:29 am #

        hapana kana zvekumboti zanu kana kuti mdc ngaabhadhare vashandi, ask vashandi vepa air zim kuti varikumboipihwa sei mari iyi for the past 6yrs pamwe ungaziva zvinoreva kushingiririra

  19. Ndangonzwawo hameno January 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    Boyz dzangu these days ukasiya graft usiri entrepreneurial ma1, saka unotombotyorera kagraft ikako nyangwe kasiri kubhadhara especially uchishandira doctor vane masasi zvavo mudhara, . Ndangonzwawo kuti vachapuwa bhutsu dzeganda refish kubasa ikoko hameno…!

  20. Mutirowafanza January 28, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Dr. Chiyangwa !Kikikikikikiki! Ha Kikikikikikiki. Seka zvako Chikukutsira, Chikandamina! Zviri kuhamba here chirembawe? Vapeika makanda efish vadye zvavo zvamusingadi kuvapa mari dzavo.

  21. LIUmbez January 28, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    The ostentatious lifestyle Chiyangwa shows in public does not tally with not paying workers. This showman should pay his workers who are striving to feed their families. I have observed that a lot of people are not receiving full salaries while their bosses live large. The government should come in and stop this exploitation.

  22. BK January 28, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    A call for ethical business, not looting and stripping companies naked and selling them off with no regard for the welfare of the workers

  23. WILLARD MUBVUMBI January 28, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    Ukawona munhu uchingogaro taurwa uye ne vanhu vachingochema newe, unoita minyama isinga pere.

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  27. dj dunnie January 29, 2013 at 1:54 am #

    eh eh rewind it dj pulloooooo musadaroooo yo yo lm a dj bt u don’t no what chiyangwa is capable of..the same guy who brought lobels to its knees..chiyangwa think that he is the most richest man in zimbabwe ( maybe mkadzi ne vana vake vanenge vachimuti makapenga mudhara) we got the likes of strive masiyiwa the likes of nyambira the likes of chanakira and there the most successful business personalities in handisati ndambo vanzwa vachiti he he this and that ndine mari he he bhutsu he hell with this man nxa

  28. Feya feya January 29, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    This is the situation with most companies,these workers should pray themselves out of this problem, to Dr fidza please you have one wickness of honouring up your promises,this is one of them.Very soon you are driving yourself into a fake doctor.

  29. CD much January 29, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Cde Chiyangwa has got no cash but he pretends to have one he is an idiot that made few xcash out of robbing the poor employees using ZANUPF Ticket.

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