President Emmerson Mnangagwa has ordered business mogul Billy Rautenbach come to his office to explain on allegations that he is refusing villagers access to fresh water.
Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister Ezra Chadzamira raised the allegations against Rautenbauch on Saturday during a rally at Rutenga Primary School in Mwenezi. Said Chadzamira:
We have some whites who have wildlife conservancies. They are enjoying selling trophies outside and slaughtering the wildlife for butcheries without doing corporate social responsibility programmes.
They actually ill-treat the neighbouring communities like in Chingwizi where they established boom gates to give a curfew and fenced-off water sources and grazing lands for the villagers. He who does not respect people, therefore, has no place in the new dispensation.
In response to Chadzamira, Mnangagwa said Rautenbach should be brought to his office either on Monday or Tuesday;
There are some whites with big farms and yet deny people drinking water. Am told villagers to get salty water and yet fresh water goes to animals. I say to Chadzamira, bring the culprit to me on Monday or Tuesday and repeat what you said while he is there and sees how he leaves my office.
Rautenbach owns vast tracks of land in the southeast lowveld and is believed to have strong business links to ZANU PF top brass.