President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s name has come up again in the ongoing battle for stands between Joshua Nkomo Cooperative and Billy Rautenbach after revelations he is the political power behind Rautenbach who has been pushing to evict residents.
Former ZANU PF youth leader Godfrey Tsenengamu this week revealed that Rautenbach has political connections within the ruling party and has many of them on a payroll.
“The party has no viable companies, they (companies) long collapsed.
“He (Rautenbach) bought those cars for the party, he provides fuel. So the party has been captured. None can say anything and expect kindness from the leadership”.
“Because Billy is a friend of the leaders, he boasts about it go and ask people in Chisumbanje, they will tell you that”.
“At one point he wanted to evict people from Kambuzuma Joshua Nkomo cooperative because he has political connection to the powers that be”, he said.
Former Information Minister Jonathan Moyo was however blunt to state that “after the death of John Bredenkamp, Mnangagwa’s corruption deals are now fueled by his longtime benefactor Billy Rautenbach at Green Fuels and Kuda Tagwirei”.
The revelations corroborate allegations from last year by Joshua Nkomo Cooperative leaders who revealed that they had been summoned to Minister of State in the President’s Office Jorum Gumbo and threatened unless they dropped their court challenge against Rautenbach.
Rautenbach has been in a battle for the control of Joshua Nkomo Housing Cooperative stands in Kambuzuma and earlier this month produced a shady letter from the Justice Ministry alleging he has deeds to the place.
The letter went against earlier pronouncements from the Deeds Office stating that Marimba Residential Properties was not registered at the Deeds Office.
Rautenbach alleges that he owns the area through that company.
The area under contestation was gazetted for settlement by the government in 2010 following which the cooperative received offer letters.
The offer letter was then later cancelled in 2018 after the entrance into power of Mnangagwa’s administration.
Following the cancellation of the letter the Cooperative wrote to the Ministry of Lands arguing that the move was “unlawful, unreasonable, disproportionate and substantively and procedurally unfair”.
Since then Marimba Properties, owned by Rautenbach, has been pushing to either evict the residents or forcefully make them sign agreements to buy the stands in US$.
Marimba Properties is headed by Colonel Matonhedze (Rtd) as the company’s Director.