Zimbabweans made a huge social media boycott of ‘bloody’ Impala car rental cars after one of their cars was allegedly used to abduct and torture a civilian on 30 July.
A car with a registration number AES 2433 was used to abduct 22 year old political activist Tawanda Muchehiwa in Bulawayo. The car was hired out from Impala car rental.
Since the call, the company has lost most of their big customers that included several Non Governmental Organisations and development agents.
An Dutch development agency, HIVOS was one of the big organisations that openly dumped Impala Car Rental following the spirited campaign by citizens for corporates and non-governmental organisations to boycott the entity.
HIVOS took to Twitter to confirm that it had asked Impala Car Rental to remove its name from the list of references.
This followed a question from one Twitter user who disclosed that HIVOS and UNICEF were cited as Impala Car Rental references.
“These are Impala Car Rental references!
1. @hivosrosa @hivos a development aid organisation2.@UNICEFZIMBABWE a humanitarian aid organisation for children Call them Tag them Ask why a NGO still uses a Car Rental company involved in the abduction & assault of youths in Zimbabwe”
The company has since been involved in a huge bid to try and claim back its customers.
Below is one of the letters the company has written to one of its customers begging for return of business.