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Zimbabwe’s first cigar manufacturing company starts production

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A Zimbabwean entrepreneur has launched the first local brand of hand-rolled cigars, defying coronavirus and economic odds.

The country produced more than 252 million kilogrammes of tobacco last year, making it the sixth largest producer in the world.

Produced tobacco used for cigarettes and most of that is exported to China, Germany and other markets.

After 15 years working in the United States, Shep Mafundikwa was determined to start a business that would “benefit” his country.

“Though I am not a smoker, I noticed a preponderance of cigar lounges across the United States and decided I’d try to corner some of that market,” said Mafundikwa.

Last month Mafundikwa launched Mosi Oa Tunya Cigars which translates to “the smoke that thunders”.

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