Greenfuel Gives Chipinge Villagers Two Months To Leave Their Homes

Greenfuel, a company run by multi-millionaire Billy Rautenbach, has given villagers from Chinyamukwakwa Village in Chipinge two months to harvest their crops and leave their ancestral land.

The company was leased the land that was once used by the Agricultural And Rural Development Authority (ARDA) in Middle Sabi and Chisumbanje.

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Greenfuel is now expanding its boundaries into areas settled by the villagers. Currently, the company has over 40 000 hectares of land.

Professor Lovemore Madhuku, who is representing the villagers, accused Greenfuel of greediness. He said:

The company accepted that it can not plough down unharvested crops owned by the villagers and has given up until possibly August for them to finish harvesting. We are preparing court papers against this.

The company is just greedy, if they admire good land, they will just grab it. They are taking law into their own hands.

Headman Chinyamukwakwa and his community are blaming their MP Enock Porusingasi (ZANU PF) who they accuse of supporting Greenfuel against the people who elected him into office.

They also blamed District development Coordinator (DDC) William Mashava and chief Garahwa. Said Chinyamukwakwa:

Who will fight for us when all these people are involved. The MP and the DDC are on Greenfuel’s side.

The MP is giving away our land to Mr Rautenbach. We were born and bred here and this is our land.

Greenfuel spokesperson Merit Rumema told Chipinge Times to send questions via email but she did not respond.

More: Masvingo Mirror

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8 comments on “Greenfuel Gives Chipinge Villagers Two Months To Leave Their Homes

  1. We have always insinuated that this party they always put into power does not mind people s lives, same like demolished homes across the country, your fertile land will be taken also

  2. Your journalists do not have what it takes. You guys can not just come up with a story in the comfort of your offices. First of all this said land belongs to ARDA eversince 1955 and have chosen to give it to an investor Greenfuel in a PPP agreement for sugarcane production since 2008. There are no people on that land but the local community after realisation that some of the land in not used started subsistence farming on ARDA land. Each year Greenfuel expands it’s field to cover the 40 000 hacters in the PPP agreement and now it is a problem. Why didn’t the locals challange the national project at its inception in 2008? Have you been on the ground lately. Lovemore Madhuku has been claiming he wants to represent the people buts it’s for political gains. Greenfuel parcels out 0.5hacter plots under irrigation to the locals in 10% of the land it takes and currently has one of the largest functional irrigation scheme In Zimbabwe with both flood and drip irrigation facilities in the drought striken area. For the locals it’s development because most of them are donor dependant and still live in poll and dagga houses. Madhuku should have a heart and also your writers should gather facts before publishing such things. It brings down the integrity of the journalist and shames our reportage

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