With unbreakable faith, passion, sweat and prayer, Dr Kazire has curved for himself a business empire that’s now estimated at over 10 billion shillings, making him one of the youngest billionaires in Ugandan shilling terms and a millionaire in US dollars. He chose the brand name Kazire in honour of his grandfather who once built a big business out of motorcades in the 1960s. His company, Kazire Herbal Products directly employs over 100 people and indirectly over 5,000 people. He owns a gigantic factory that stands in Mbarara town. Though still under construction, it is already functional, producing 800 cartons of juice per day. “I still need 14 billion shillings to make this plant serve the community satisfactorily. When I complete it, it will be able to produce 5,000 cartons a day,” he explains.
The factory produces an array of products. Kazire Orange Tea Drink, which boosts eye sight, empowers the digestive tract in addition to boosting appetite and the immune system, is a natural energy drink that is extracted from oranges, pineapples, carrots, green organic tea and honey. Kazire Lemon Green Tea Drink is extracted from natural and organic lemon, green tea and honey. It is both a stimulant and an antioxidant. It reduces the severity of asthma and bronchitis, lowers blood cholesterol and stops oestrogen from stimulating growth of cancer cells in the ovaries, colon, stomach, lungs, small intestines and other parts of the body. Kazire VIT Fruit Drink is made out of beetroot, hibiscus sabdariffa and honey. It reduces the severity of ulcers, increases blood volume and body cells, and gets rid of headaches and memory loss. Kazire Aloe Green Tea Drink from aloe vera, organic green tea, lemon and ginseng clears bone, joint and back pain. It handles constipation and prevents regular fevers. It also helps people with diabetes and hypertension. The factory also produces mineral water under the brand name: Kazire Water.
These products have become so popular that in some places even when planning for a party people have to budget for soda, water and Kazire products. All these products are non-alcoholic and organic as opposed to GMOs (genetically modified organisms). They have been certified by UNBS (Uganda National Bureau of Standards) and are now in most shops and supermarkets in Uganda. In Kampala, they are in Capital Shoppers, Quality Supermarkets, plus several shops in Kikuubo and other places around the city. The company is based in Mbarara, but has a distribution point in Kampala. “When I finish building my factory, I will begin exporting to Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan.” As he says this, the look on his face shows a passionate dreamer who won’t stop until he reaches the top. He says he is still negotiating with Jesus to make him the youngest billionaire on the African continent.
Dr Kazaire has planted most of the raw materials he uses. He owns over 1,300 acres of land where he grows lemons, pineapples, oranges, green tea, aloe Vera and more than 100 other traditional herbs. Some of the lemons he uses are so rare that he gets them from Arua and Soroti and plans to begin importing them from Tanga in Tanzania. He also has an agreement with Isingiro district local government to supply one million lemon seedlings to farmers in the district freely. The catch is that he holds the right to buy the lemons from the farmers after harvesting.
By this time his products were being used in several districts like Kabale, Kisoro, Rukungiri, Ntungamo, Mbarara, Bushenyi and Kanungu. He was slowly becoming an authoritative point of reference for those who wanted to improve their health, to the extent that many people would come to consult him before taking what the medical doctors had prescribed. At one point, to boost his knowledge, Kazaire went to China and did post-graduate studies in dietary therapy and nutrition. While there, he learnt that the Chinese use herbs a lot and it is one of the reasons they live longer.