The raging battle for control of Aspindale stands in Kambuzuma is refusing to die out despite the involvement of some very high offices in the country.
This last week Norton MP Temba Mliswa had a press conference where he accused various officials of corruption in the saga.
Below we profile some of the individuals involved in this saga that could disenfranchise over 3000 people of their houses.
The businessman, through Marimba Properties, alleges that he owns Aspindale 48 and 49. He has expressed an interest to create a medium density suburb.
Thus he has pegged his stands with exorbitant prices which the residents have refused and cannot afford
His claim of ownership is supposedly backed by some documents which some have alleged to be fake.
Ministers Oliver Chidawu and July Moyo
The Ministers have been known to be backing Rautenbach by vouching for the authenticity of his papers.
The support from Chidawu and Moyo has allowed for the businessman to get official support in his quest to make Aspindale 48&49 a medium density suburb.
Both Moyo and Chidawu have rebutted accusations of corruption and say everything is legal.
Leopold Takawira Housing Cooperative
This is one of the Cooperatives that currently occupies Aspindale 48&49. They allege to have been given an offer letter for the land some time back.
Previously they have gone to court and won their case against Rautenbach. The High Court ruled that their offer letter cannot be cancelled and supersedes Rautenbach’s claims.
The Norton MP was roped in by the residents to assist them with political muscle when they discovered that they had no such support.
Despite Aspindale 48&49 being a ZANU PF creation, the party’s leaders have largely refused to offer them support.
They have sided with Rautenbach.
Mliswa has been vocal about the issue and visited high political offices to push for the protection of the residents.
Commissioner Godwin Matanga
Whereas government officials such as Chidawu and Minister July Moyo have been accused of offering state support, Matanga is the supposed muscle.
Through the ZRP he has availed Support Unit officers who have been known to harass residents who oppose Rautenbach.
Various cooperative leaders in Aspindale have been beaten, arrested and harassed for opposing Rautenbach’s overtures.
Some have recounted to this publication how they have had to sleep in the mountains hiding from the marauding police officers.
At the apex of it all, President Mnangagwa has been known to be a staunch ally of Rautenbach.
Mliswa, giving feedback to the the residents, has reported that the President supports the continued stay of the residents.
However it’s unclear how the saga has raged on if the head of state has declared that. This has created room for insinuations that privately he has a different position.