HUNDREDS of desperate Bulawayo job-seekers yesterday fell for an alleged hoax Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Zimbabwe recruitment notice circulated on social media and thronged the newly-opened food outlet.
By Sindiso Dube
With hopes of getting employed, hundreds of youths flooded the Bradfield premises, where they met armed police officers dispatched to block Mthwakazi Republic Party activists who wanted to demonstrate against the firm’s reported biased recruitment exercise.
At the weekend, a letter purported to be from KFC made rounds on social media, apologising on the marginalisation of Bulawayo people in the outlet’s recruitment.
One of the job seekers identified as Nkosana Ncube said he was disappointed with the turn of events.
A KFC official at the site refused to speak to journalists, referring all questions to their diplomatic manager Taurai Vaki, whose mobile phone went unanswered at the time of going print.
“It’s sad to see so many unemployed youths hoping to get jobs only to be told it’s a hoax. My friends and I came from Cowdry Park with hopes of getting something, only to be told off by the police and KFC management,” he said.
KFC Zimbabwe Facebook administrator at the weekend dismissed the recruitment exercise as a “hoax”.
“It is absolutely untrue and the message is not from KFC Zimbabwe. All our staff are locally employed and were hired a while back as training is intensive. Any CVs can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org for future opportunities.”
The letter circulating on social media read: “KFC Zimbabwe takes note of their blunder of sidelining the local people from Bulawayo when they employed the staff for their establishment. We would like to apologise to the people of Bulawayo. We pledge to uplift the community of Bulawayo and we are going to correct this.
“We are going to replace all of our staff we brought from Harare and leave a few who will assist in the training of the new staff. We are going to be conducting interviews on Monday August 7, 2017 at 10am KFC Bradfield.
“We want to create equal opportunities for all sons and daughters of the City of Kings hence our decision to call all those who finished O’ Level and have a C or better grade in Ndebele Language. Please note that we are looking at employing 65 team members and we would have liked to employ more than that. Bring your Identity document and O Level Certificate. KFC Bulawayo Bradfield, Manager.”