Mugabe To Compete With Dairibord

The First family recently completed the setting up of a dairy processing plant where production of Alpha milk products will be processed from milk sourced from First lady Grace Mugabe’s farm, Gushungo Dairy Estate located in Mazowe, about 10km north of Harare.

Dairy industry sources said Alpha milk could soon be accessed from supermarket shelves beginning next month.

The Mugabe’s join other milk processors such as Dairibord, Dendairy, Dorking and Kefalos.

In 2009, Mugabe’s aides rattled multinational food giant Nestlé, to the extent of shutting its Harare factory after being harassed by the octogenarian leader’s loyalists, who included ministers, Saviour Kasukuwere and Joseph Made after it stopped receiving milk supplies from Gushungo Dairy Estates. But the food manufacturer later resumed operations after a top government official reassured the firm on the safety of its staff and operations.

Last year, Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment Minister Kasukuwere vetoed Nestlé’s empowerment proposal to comply with the government’s indigenisation regulations, which compel foreign-owned enterprises to put a 51 percent stake in the hands of indigenous investors or government entities.

This was after the Swiss firm submitted a proposal of how the multinational firm planned to indigenise its shareholding under the new Indigenisation and Empowerment Act.

The proposal entailed disposing of 25 percent equity through Nestlé Zimbabwe Pension Fund and an Employee Share Ownership Trust.