Chipinge – Professor Lovemore Madhuku who is representing villagers being evicted from Chinyamukwakwa Village in Chipinge south constituency has described private guards used by Greenfuel to effect the evictions yesterday as hooligans because they are not recognised under the law.
He accused Greenfuel of dishonouring an agreement to allow villagers to finish their harvests by August before such evictions could take place.
Madhuku said the behavior of Greenfuel, a company owned by one of Zimbabwe’s wealthiest businessman, Billy Rautenbach shows that there are politicians who are supporting his programme to remove villagers out of their ancestors’ land.
Madhuku who promised to take legal action against Greenfuel said he was also keen on knowing the politicians in the company’s corner.
“Where would private citizen derive private force because security guards, that is private force, it not like you are sending the Police or the Army. It would be like you have just send your own hooligans to do that.
“Those are their own hooligans, they have no power under the law to do what they are doing,” fumed Madhuku.
According to Headman Chinyamukwakwa, Greenfuel sent its guards yesterday morning to evict villagers and they ploughed down unharvested crops and forced villagers to remove their properties from houses so that they could destroy the buildings.
Greenfuel which grows sugarcane mainly for production of fuel wants to expand its fields while the villagers insist that the land belong to their ancestors. Billy has massive estates in the southern part of Zimbabwe while the villagers have nowhere to go.
“We had agreed with Greenfuel that any evictions of villagers must take place after August after villagers have finished harvesting.
“It is very worrying and I think the company is working with some politicians because ordinarily no citizen could do that,” said Madhuku.
Greenfuel spokesperson Merit Rumema asked Chipinge Times to put the questions in writing.