Rautenbach's Mwenezi ethanol project gets nod

MASVINGO - The new Zanu PF provincial executive here has promised to give businessman Billy Rautenbach the green light to continue his multi-million ethanol project in the vast Nuanetsi ranch in Mwenezi.

Zanu PF acting chairman Paradzai Chakona told a Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (Zuj) end of year party at the Civic Centre, that the ousted Masvingo Zanu PF executive had sabotaged the project.

“Here in Masvingo, the previous executive was actually sabotaging this project and we are saying as the new leaders, we are going to have Billy start his project and create jobs for the people of this province,” Chakona said.

“We are here to foster development and help our party to fulfil its elections promises like creating 2 million jobs.”

Chakona said it was disturbing that the ousted provincial leadership blocked Rautenbach’s Green Fuels from commencing the project.

When commissioned, the project is set to create over 5 000 direct jobs for locals and help the country’s energy sector.

“The project will create a green belt in the lowveld as sugar plantations will be expanded and the country will benefit in the energy sector,” he said.

“Remember, it’s now mandatory to blend fuel and if this plant is opened, the country will reduce its fuel import bill.

“So, as the new leadership, we have no time to waste but to make sure that the mega project commences.”

The opening of the multi-million project in Mwenezi has been stalled due to political bickering.

The previous executive that was linked to ousted Vice President Joice Mujuru allegedly blocked the project ostensibly because of  Rautenbach’s alleged links to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Chakona also accused the previous executive of protecting big foreign companies from ceding majority stakes to locals.

“Our previous leadership protected some companies here from complying with the indigenisation policy,” he said.

“We were supposed to be having over $500 000 dollars in our community ownership account but we have nothing. We are going to companies like Triangle, Bikita Minerals and Renco Mine this time with vigour.

“We want that money by next month and we are not going to treat them with kid gloves.”

 

Comments (6)

chakona is going to be a problem, those are matters of the government and you sir are not in the government if bob thought you were clever surely he would have put you in government

Harare - 16 December 2014

It is the good project, what about the flood victims all those companies must,help them and those project are links to politics.

SAMUEL SIKHONDE - 16 December 2014

You liar Chakona the problem was the Tokwe-Murkosi flood victims at Chingwizi,waunonyepera ndiani,we are on the ground isu

hoto - 18 December 2014

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