Billy Rautenbach’s Green Fuel Destroys Chipinge Villagers’ Crops

GREEN FUEL security guards armed with guns and dogs Thursday morning moved in to provide security as the company destroyed crops and structures owned by over 1 000 households in Chinyamukwakwa village, Chipinge.

The destruction is meant to pave way for the controversial ethanol producing company as it prepares land for its expansion and is encroaching surrounding fields owned by local villagers.

Green Fuel is co-owned by controversial business tycoon Billy Rautenbach who is a close business ally of President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Another shareholder is the state-owned Agricultural Rural Development Authority (ARDA).

Last month, Green Fuel also ordered villagers to vacate their fields, which the families have been farming for decades, to make way for the company’s expansion.

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