An outcry on social media has forced a newly formed Lusaka firm to withdraw an advert in which it had advertised to recruit a white lady for the position of Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer.
The advert placed by Ikulile, a firm based in Northmead in Lusaka sought to recruit a female Personal Assistant to the CEO who possess a Degree and not older than 40 years of age and preferably white.
The advert drew widespread condemnation on Facebook and other social media platforms with some people describing the advert as sexist and racist.
Edwin Vunza Simbeya, a Facebook user posted that “This is utter nonsense. These chaps need to know that Section 108 of the Industrial and Labour Relations Act prohibit such types of discrimination. I will whisper to someone for some serious affirmative action.”
Birbal Bonficae Musoba wrote, “Damn! That’s outrageous! In Zambia of all places!”
Bunda Mukupo said “Very disheartening indeed, why would you prefer a particular color, hopefully this has caught the attention of relevant bodies and it gets corrected.”
Ikulile is a housing development scheme that deals in construction advisory services and offer loans to civil servants to buy and build houses.
Ikulile Corporate Affairs Manager Mathews Nguni said the firm realized the mistake it made and has since engaged a professional Human Resources recruitment firm to re-advertise the position.
“We made a mistake and we have decided to issue a fresh advert which will come out in the papers on Wednesday so people should just look out for that new advert,” Mr. Nguni said in an interview in Lusaka.
On the criteria for selecting females only, Mr. Nguni said the company wanted to employ women as a way of women empowerment since there are fewer jobs for women in Zambia.