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Chisumbanje farmers want their land back from Rautenbach

Chisumbanje farmers want their land back from Rautenbach

By Tichaona Sibanda
6 September 2012

The MDC-T legislator for Chipinge South has said villagers who lost their 
land through the construction of the Chisumbanje ethanol plant are still 
waiting for a cabinet resolution of how they will be compensated.

Three years ago Macdom Investments took over Chisumbanje Estate from the 
Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (ARDA). The ethanol plant is 
owned by controversial businessman Billy Rautenbach who has strong links to 
ZANU PF ministers.

In 2009 the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs in the President’s 
Office, Didymus Mutasa, gave Rautenbach permission to take over 5,000 
hectares of land at ARDA’s Chisumbanje Estate to grow sugarcane, to be used 
in the production of ethanol fuel. On 19th March 2009, 16 days after the 
formation of the inclusive government, Mutasa reportedly signed a letter 
authorising Rautenbach to operate the ethanol project at Chisumbanje, but 
never disclosed this to Cabinet.
Local MP Meke Makuyana said the company also illegally grabbed thousands of 
hectares of additional land from farmers in Chisumbanje.

‘According to a contract that they signed with ARDA, Macdom is only entitled 
to 5,112 hectares of land, which is in black and white. We also pointed out 
this to a cabinet task force team that visited the plant recently, led by 
Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara,’ the MP said.
‘The villagers were promised compensation for the land they lost and that 
they would get their land back which had been taken away by the estate. My 
understanding is that cabinet has already discussed the issue and we are 
waiting for a response.’

The US$600 million Green Fuel ethanol plant has stopped production after 
running out of storage space as the company struggles to push its product on 
the local market.

Energy Minister Elton Mangoma recently shrugged off attempts by the company 
to try and arm-twist the government into forcing mandatory blending of fuel 
for all motorists.

The Minister said despite calling for mandatory blending at all fuel 
stations, the company had not put in place logistics on how it will blend 
the fuel.

This led to Makuyana complaining that the whole project has raised tensions 
in his constituency with counter-accusations between farmers, villagers, 
plant owners and politicians of sabotage.

‘You have a group of farmers and villagers accusing Macdom of sabotaging 
their livelihoods. On the other hand you have officials from Macdom accusing 
certain politicians of sabotaging the project, while politicians are 
accusing Macdom of wanting to arm twist government.

‘It’s a mess and I hope the cabinet committee set up to look into the matter 
would resolve the crisis,’ the legislator added.


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