President Emmerson Mnangagwa orders to enforce takeover of Phelekezela Mphoko’s Choppies retail business
The President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa has ordered Mangaliso Ndlovu, the Minister of Industry and Commerce to takeover Choppies retail business of Former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko. The 78-year old former Zimbabwe's ambassador to Russia, Botswana and South Africa, has lost control of Choppies Supermarkets. He publicly fell out with other co-owners of his business after they alleged that his family was looting funds from the business. One of his co-owners is Botswana's former President, Festus Mogae.
A recorded audio conversation between Siqokoqela Mphoko (director of Nanavac Investments Pvt. Limited) and an anonymous Botswana person shows how the plot to takeover Choppies from Mphoko has been done. "I saw emails of Minister Ndlovu telling the Botswana Partners that the government is going to assist them to deal with Mphoko. Ndlovu is working with his deputy Raj Modi to deal with you," the anonymous person said in the conversation, as reported by Bulawayo 24 News.
"Yes Mnangagwa spoke in a public platform tell the guys that the reason why they are not doing well is because they have a wrong partner in Zimbabwe," the unnamed person answered when he was questioned whether the President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa was aware of it.
The website further stated that Phelekezela Mphoko's daughter Siduduzo has claimed that their family has been victimized by war veterans who want to deal with the former Vice President. Nanavac is, according to a shareholders' agreement, a 51% shareholder in 32 outlets across Zimbabwe, Siduduzo further claimed.
However, the Chairperson and Co-owner of Choppies Enterprises, Festus Mogae has claimed that Nanavac's interest in the business is just 7 percent.
On the other hand, Mthwakazi Liberation Party (MRP), a Bulawayo-based secessionist group has emerged in defense of Mphoko and condemned what they termed The Indian capture of Matabeleland.
"Mthwakazi Republic Party, might not have seen eye to eye with former Vice President Phelekezela Mpoko, but we can't sit and watch this new political onslaught on the businesses of the people of Matabeleland through Raji Modi, the leader of an Indian cartel attached to Mnangagwa," MRP officials said in a statement, Nehanda Radio noted.
The MRP officials also mentioned in the statement that "the entire Choppies fiasco of the shareholding of the Mphoko family and the Indians, is a creation of Emmerson Mnangagwa, through Raji Modi and Mangaliso Ndlovu, who heads the ministry of Trade and industry."