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Billy Rautenbach sends armed guards to evict Chipinge villagers

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GREENFUEL, a company run by multi-millionaire businessman, Billy Rautenbach on Friday morning unleashed its security guards to Chinyamukwakwa Village under Headman Chinyamukwakwa in Chipinge.

The Mirror reports that the armed guards ploughed down unharvested crops and destroyed villagers’ houses.

According to the report, the guards were armed with guns and security dogs as tension between the villagers and the monstrous fuel company continues to shoot up.

Headman Chinyamukwakwa confirmed the saying four villagers had been ordered to bring their property outside their houses so that the buildings could be destroyed.

There is a long-standing boundary dispute between Billy who owns massive estates in the country including in Chiredzi and Mwenezi and the villagers who now have to move out of their ancestors’ land.

Greenfuel is a company that is growing sugarcane mostly to make ethanol. The villagers who want to approach the courts are being represented by Professor Lovemore Madhuku.

Green Fuel spokesperson Merit Rumema said she was not aware of the matter.

Efforts to get a comment from Madhuku were futile.

Greenfuel recently gave the villagers until August to harvest their crops and leave and it came as a shock when the armed guards suddenly pitched up yesterday.

One villager who spoke on condition of anonymity said villagers are shocked by the sudden turn of events where their crops, their only source of food is being ploughed down.

Chinyamukwakwa villagers recently attacked and accused Zanu-PF politicians and in particular the local MP Enock Porusingasi for going to bed with Greenfuel and disregarding the interests of the indigenous people.

When contacted for a comment, Porusingasi said,” How many times do you write that story? Go ahead with your story like before and why would you ask me, am not Green Fuel. Why would you want to verify now when you didn’t include me in the first article,” he said. ■

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