Robert Mugabe’s Alpha Omega and Gushungo Holdings in ruins. Alpha Omega Dairy, a subsidiary of the former first family’s business empire, Gushungo Holdings, once dubbed the second-biggest dairy in Southern Africa is reported to be dilapidated.
The NewsHawks who toured some business sites of the family of the late former President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace allege that the businesses are now in ruins.
The publication claims that Mugabe’s business used to be sustained by patronage as government departments and state institutions stampeded to order milk, yoghurt and ice cream during Mugabe’s 37-year-old reign. Writes Nyasha Chingono of The NewsHawks:
However, the multi-million-dollar business has fallen on hard times and cannot compete with other dairy companies on the market. In fact, it now resembles a ghost factory that stands as an ominous power symbol capturing the imaginations and ambitions of the Mugabe family.
Upon arrival, we find the parking lot empty, with only one delivery truck in sight. There is skeletal staff on the premises lingering around. The yesteryear hive of activity is gone and workers’ crestfallen faces tell a story. The milk-manufacturing plant has gone mute, while the sales department that used to welcome hundreds of clients daily looks deserted.
Workers at Gushungo dairy argue that the project “needs someone to really focus their energy on it” since a lot needs to be revived at the farm. Meanwhile, the former first lady, Grace, is reportedly staying in Singapore while her business empire crumbles.
During Mugabe’s time in power, the company was hyped as a model of success of the chaotic land reform programme in which Mugabe and his lieutenants seized white-owned commercial farms and associated businesses for self-aggrandisement in the name of correcting historical injustice.
Most of the farms grabbed by Zanu PF leaders and their supporters are now largely unproductive and derelict, a situation that has immensely contributed to food shortages in the Southern African country.
Source – Pindula News
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