Nestle closes Zimbabwe milk plant

Posted Dec 23, 2009 by Bob Ewing
The Swiss multinational company Nestle is claiming that harassment is the reason it is closing the dairy plant in Zimbabwe.
Robert Mugabe
President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe
Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Lock (USAF)
In October, the company announced it was no longer going to purchase milk from a farm owned by President Robert Mugabe's wife Grace.
The BBC reports the company says since making this announcement, it is has been under pressure to accept milk from "certain non-contracted suppliers".
"Two Nestle Zimbabwe managers were questioned by the police and released without charges the same day," Nestle said in a statement.
"Since under such circumstances normal operations and the safety of employees are no longer guaranteed, Nestle decided to temporarily shut down the facility."
Nestle decided it would no longer buy milk from Gushungo Dairy Estate after human rights activists had called for a boycott of Nestle products.
Grace Mugabe took over the ownership of the dairy operation after it was seized from its white owner under controversial land reforms.