Sunday, December 27, 2009


In many developing countries weak industrial base and strong political-bureaucratic machinery make the life miserable for honest entrepreneurs to survive. Corruption and the political power do not allow for a congenial atmosphere for growth of the industry. But if the industry is strong and do not indulge in practices that are anti-national, such traits can be faced boldly. Even small industries can fight back provided they stand united. In Zimbabwe, where unbridled nepotism and political thuggery are the order of the day, how an industry could counteract the state sponsored "terrorism" was demonstrated by one of the industry leaders recently. Instead of being cowed down by threats, it chose to shut down its facilities to protest against unjustified state interference.

"Nestlé, which has its headquarters in Vevey on Lake Geneva, said it had received an unannounced visit from government officials and police on December 19 and was forced to accept milk delivery from non-contracted suppliers. Two of its managers were questioned by police and released without charge the same day. The Herald quoted Zimbabwe Industry and Commerce Minister Welshman Ncube as saying a deal had been reached allowing Nestlé to continue operating".
Probably Nestle has the strength to face such bullying and come out unscathed from such a confrontation. What about the fate of lesser mortals under such an intimidating environment? It is a pity that the poor people of Zimbabwe become sufferers because of the high handedness and thoughtless action of its rulers.


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