Zimbabwe: Swiss govt clears Nestle over trade with Grace Mugabe

source: SW Radio Africa
By Violet Gonda
29 September 2009

The Swiss national food giant Nestle has been criticised heavily for buying milk from Grace Mugabe, who controversially has ‘acquired’ six farms, most of them taken from white commercial farmers. It was exposed this week that Mrs Mugabe’s Gushungo Dairy Estate (formerly known as Foyle Farm) sells up to a million litres of milk a year to Nestlé Zimbabwe. The previous owner was forced to sell his farm at just a fraction of its value, after a prolonged campaign of violence in 2003.

Human rights groups and concerned individuals have criticized the multinational company for doing business with Mrs Mugabe, a woman who is responsible for illegal takeovers of land. The UK Telegraph newspaper revealed at the weekend that Robert and Grace Mugabe own a total of 12 farms between them. South African Radio 702 on Monday said it was inundated with calls from irate listeners who [continue reading]

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