PROPERTY at the broke Zimbabwe Mirror Newspapers Group has been placed under the hammer, a development that has dashed employees’ hopes of a much-speculated January re-opening.
Sources at Hammer and Tongues auctioneers confirmed last
Saturday’s sale of several office furniture and the remaining property is likely to be auctioned this Sunday.
“We sold more than nine working P1 and P2 (Pentium 1 and 2) computers, more than 20 others needing minor attention and several office desks and chairs from the Mirror,” said a worker at Hammer and Tongues.
Despite dismissing allegations of insolvency, the group’s acting chief executive officer Tichaona Chifamba said it was in the public domain that movable assets at the publisher were auctioned for undisclosed reasons.
This move, the Zimbabwe Independent has learnt, surprised employees who had been informed that the furniture and computers had been moved from their Samora Machel offices to a “safe place”.
“Yes, it is public knowledge that zvinhu zviri kutengeswa (things are being sold) but I’m not at liberty to divulge our future plans,” Chifamba said.
The newspaper organisation closed in February this year amid a crippling financial crisis. Trouble started for the paper two years ago when it was taken over by the Central Intelligence Organisation from former publisher Ibbo Mandaza. — Staff Writer.