MASVINGO – The commissioning of Harare–Beitbride Road dualisation project by President Mugabe two weeks ago has sent con-artists on the prowl with nearly 4 000 job seekers hoodwinked into signing lucrative employment contracts after paying $10 each.
A group of conmen claiming to be directors of a construction company signed contracts with at least 3 000 job seekers in Kariba alone and new recruitment forays have started in Karoi. They are estimated to have made a cool $40 000.
The 'recruits' were told that jobs are available immediately and buses were supposed to come on Monday and Tuesday this week to ferry them to Masvingo and Ngundu which will be their workstations.
Kariba District Information Officer (DIO) Gracion Wilson Mahachi confirmed the story and said Government is closely monitoring the situation. He said although buses promised to collect the job seekers on Tuesday did not come, the recruits are not eager to make Police reports they are still hopeful that the contracts will materialise.
The Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Joram Gumbo dismissed the said recruitment and warned people against paying for such contracts. He said there is still nothing on the ground to warrant recruitment of workers.
"There will be enough information to the public when such things happen because Geiger International which won the dualisation project will advertise in the media," said Gumbo.
Mahachi said the salaries offered on the contracts are lucrative with a security guard receiving $2 400 in three months, a general hand $1300 in the same period and a driver $3700 ($1200 a month).
"These people actually gathered on Sunday and Monday waiting for buses after the conmen said they were in Harare facilitating for their transport to Masvingo" said Mahachi. He said the conmen also offered some of the recruits jobs at Tokwe- Mukosi.
"According to the contracts a general hand will get $1 300, a security guard $2 400 and a driver $3700 over a three-month period," said Mahachi.