Zimbabwe: Wadyajena Visits, but Refuses to Inspect Musarara's Milling Plant

28 February 2020

Agriculture parliament portfolio committee chairperson, Justice Mayor Wadyajena, Wednesday declined to inspect the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) chairperson's Tafadzwa Musarara's Alpha Grain milling company.

Wadyajena said he would not inspect the company, which trades as Drotsky (Pvt) Ltd, claiming he only wanted to visit a company called Alpha Grain not its trading name (Drotsky).

On February 17, 2020, Wadyajena's committee, through the Clerk of Parliament, Kennedy Chokuda wrote to Musarara in his capacity as the chief executive of Drotsky (Pvt) Ltd, advising him that they were on 26 February 2020 visiting his Workington milling plant on a fact-finding mission.

However, Musarara only has one milling company Alpha Grain T/A Drotsky (Pvt) Ltd.

"The above-mentioned committee is currently inquiring into the support services by the government of Zimbabwe to the grain and wheat millers. To this end the committee received oral evidence from the Grain Millers Association during which you were mentioned as one of the beneficiaries of such support," reads part of the letter.

"The committee, therefore, resolved to conduct a fact-finding visit to your company on Wednesday 26 February 2020, at 14:00hrs. Please kindly facilitate all the necessary arrangements for the visit," read the invitation addressed to Musarara in his capacity as the Drotsky CEO.

But when Wadyajena and his committee visited the plant on Wednesday, they said they had not come for Drostky but Alpha Grain.

Alpha Grain is Musarara's only milling company which trades as Drostky and is a paid-up member of GMAZ.

"We came to see Alpha Grain and was advised that its not Alpha Grain but, Drotsky and as you may be aware, Drotsky has a separate inquiry, so we are going to come on another day to do another inquiry. Today it was not about Drotsky, it was about Alpha Grain. So we are going to seek clarification on the ownership of Alpha Grain to see which one is a trading company, so we can not proceed without that," Wadyajena told reporters outside Musarara's number 106 Coventry road's milling plant.

He said despite earlier being told by the company representative one Sharon Zumbika that Drotsky was a trading name for Alpha Grain.

"There are not two separate companies or subsidiaries, but one company Alpha Grain trading as Drotsky," Zumbika told Wadyajena who ignored her and briefly held a caucus meeting with his committee before aborting the tour.

Wadyajena last Tuesday invited the GMAZ boss and quizzed him on how the association used funds it received from the government through the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe to acquire wheat from outside the country.

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