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PF, MDC-T youths demand plots in Chisumbanje
The Standard (Zimbabwe)
October 20, 2013
Youths in Chisumbanje
have shunned political party inclinations and have resolved to engage
the ethanol producing company so that they can be given plots as
to engage Green Fuel, the company that runs Chisumbanje Ethanol
Plant, came at a meeting held last week where youths from Zanu-PF,
MDC-T and Zanu Ndonga resolved to join hands and demand a stake.
came after government announced 10% mandatory blending - 10% ethanol
and 90% petrol.
was at 5%, and is set to increase to 15% by the end of next month
and 20% in the first quarter of 2014.
by the youths also comes after Green Fuel gave war veterans 250
hectares of land.
for Youth Development Trust (PYD) director, Claris Madhuku told
The Standard last week the youths want to enter a Memorandum of
Understanding with the ethanol plant, to be given plots where they
will grow sugarcane or other cash crops.
an organised and orderly group of young people who are apolitical
and want training in agribusiness and to be engaged as outgrowers,”
PYD has engaged
youths from all political parties and a seven-member committee was
established to ensure that their concerns are looked at.
will also ensure the smooth integration of the youths from different
He said there
are at least 20 000 youths in Chipinge district and the move is
seen as a major step in alleviating the plight of the youths.
are given small plots, we can grow crops on irrigation with company
as a ready market,” he said.
the youths agreed that security of the investor was in young people
who are ready to protect the investor’s interest from predatory
youths’ needs are catered for, investor’s security is
guaranteed. We will fight those who deal in corruption,” he
There have been
reports that politicians were fleecing money from Billy Rautenbach,
one of the shareholders in the ethanol plant.
companies, Macdom and Ratings, have 49% shareholding in the plant
in which government has a 51% stake.
project was a 20-year Build, Operate and Transfer between the Agricultural
Rural Development Authority (Arda) and Rautenbach’s Ratings
speak with one voice
An MDC-T activist
in Chipinge, Wedzerai Gwenzi told The Standard that while they have
respect for politicians, the youth have resolved that no political
heavyweight will “deter us from achieving our objectives”.
Zanu-PF youth chairman in Chipinge South, concurred with Gwenzi
on the need to be apolitical in the youth’s activities, adding
that the group wants to capitalise on government’s youth empowerment
said youths are at the centre of its empowerment drive.
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