The Mugabes Launch New Ice Cream Company Amid National Economic Hardship

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Zimbabwe is among the poorest nations on the planet. According to recent statistics from the United Nations’ World Food Programme, 72 percent of the population currently lives below the national poverty line, earning less than U.S. $1.25 a day.

But that’s not enough to deter President Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace Mugabe, from launching a new line of ice creams and chocolates.

The lavish president and first lady, who the Guardian wrote in 2012 have “long been accused of milking the country for all its worth,” announced plans to place the products in local grocery stores under the brand name Alpha Omega.

Grace Mugabe introduced Alpha Omega three years ago, after Nestle stopped buying milk from her farm amid the threat of a consumer boycott. Nestle announced in 2009 it would end its relationship with the first lady’s Gushungo Dairy Estate after coming under pressure from human rights activists.

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