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PARLIAMENT has recommended that former Energy minister, Dzikamai Mavhaire, Chipinge South MP, Enock Porusingazi and Green Fuel owner, Billy Rautenbach be investigated and possibly arrested on allegations of money laundering and fraud of Green Fuel funds.

Chairperson of the parliamentary committee on Indigenization and Economic Empowerment Justice Mayor Wadyajena, presented his committee’s report on the operations of Green Fuel, a joint venture company between government and Rautenbach’S Macdom Investments.

The report claimed that the Ethanol producing firm was fleecing villagers of their land, rendering them destitute for the benefit of the trio.

“In view of the above findings, the Committee recommends that former Minister of Energy and Power Development, Hon Dzikamai Mavhaire, Macdom Investments directors and the Member of the National Assembly for Chipinge South Constituency, Hon Enock Porusingazi, be investigated to establish the truth of what transpired in relation to the development of Green Fuel,” Wadyajena said in his report.

“The committee is of the view that these people have been protecting white supremacy and their money while the villagers are suffering.”

The report followed visits to Chisumbanje by the committee on a fact finding mission where they met angry villagers who are bitter over the manner in which the company is treating them despite taking away their land without compensation.

In the report, which received massive support from MDC-T MPs and some from Zanu PF, the Parliamentary committee demanded that Green Fuel must compensate villagers for land which the company took to support the project.

“The community dispelled the claims by Green Fuel during the oral evidence session that it had compensated the community for land and livestock losses suffered due to the Ethanol Project,” said Wadyajena.

“The Committee observed that the issue of non-compensation by Green Fuel to affected communities in Chisumbanje Village, Chinyamukwakwa Village and Matikwa Village became very emotive and thus captured the mood of the community regarding the Ethanol Project.”

Green Fuel was started by controversial businessmen, Rautenbach in partnership with government through Arda, but the villagers believe the project is benefiting a few politically connected individuals who include Porusingazi, Mavhaire and former Zanu PF secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa.

“The committee recommends that an audit on land, buildings, livestock, crops, family sizes and business enterprises lost to make way for the project be expedited to facilitate meaningful and realistic compensation before the 2015 farming season,” Wadyajena said in his report.

The committee also directed that the company attends to environmental issues and the health of workers and the community as most people were dying due to the water pollution from Ethanol production.

“That human, animal or avian victims of ailments arising from contact with contaminated water be adequately compensated and that the company takes urgent measures to facilitate their treatment and rehabilitation,” read the report.

Source : New Zimbabwe