Upfumi Kuvadiki clashes with GMB

HARARE - Pro-Zanu PF empowerment group Upfumi Kuvadiki is accusing the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) of not supporting indigenous millers.

Scott Sakupwanya, the group’s president wrote to Albert Mandizha, the GMB general manager demanding an explanation as to why the state-owned grain company has engaged a Pakistani miller instead of locals.

In a letter to the GMB boss, Sakupwanya says the state grain stocker is disregarding national laws through awarding tenders to foreigners.

Under the indigenisation regulations the milling industry is preserved for black Zimbabweans.

“We simply do not understand why locally grown wheat be milled by a Pakistani for local consumers at a whooping cost of one million (dollars) which is likely to be repatriated out of the country.

“We submit that the milling sector together with other sectors be reserved for the previously marginalised people,” said Sakupwanya.

He further said the continuation of awarding such tender to foreigners is a clear violation of the country’s black empowerment laws and it would force his organisation to seek assistance from government.

Upfumi Kuvadiki last year, took the law into its hands demanding a stake in Easipark claiming the South African-Harare City Council formed company should include its members in managing parking in the city.

Foreigners such as Nigerians and Chinese who occupy the retail sector have also came under attack from the group.

Efforts to get a comment from Mandizha were fruitless as his mobile phone was unavailable. - Xolisani Ncube

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