Zanu-PF MP hits out at Rautenbach

via Zanu-PF MP hits out at Rautenbach | Mail & Guardian 16 MAY 2014 by Kudzai Mashininga

Accused of being an extortionist, Temba Mliswa is now drawing President Mugabe into his fight with controversial businessman Billy Rautenbach.

Zanu-PF Mashonaland West provincial chairperson Temba Mliswa has petitioned President Robert Mugabe to intervene in his row with businessperson Billy ­Rautenbach, and did so long before the tycoon publicly accused him of extortion.

Once former associates, Mliswa and Rautenbach fell out following business deals that soured. Mliswa said Rautenbach hired him as a consultant to connect him to politicians and businesspeople in the country for mining and ethanol business ventures.

Mliswa, who is also the party’s Hurungwe West MP, is demanding $165-million for the role he said he played in securing Rautenbach’s  interests in the Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant, Unki Platinum Mines and the Hwange Colliery Company.

Mliswa also said he worked hard for Rautenbach’s farm not to be acquired by the government for its land reform programmes. The farm had been gazetted by the government for compulsory acquisition.

The MP has also accused Basil Nyabadza, the chairperson of parastatal Arda, and a former Zanu-PF Manicaland provincial chairperson, of receiving a house from Rautenbach in exchange for preferential treatment.

Arda is in partnership with Rautenbach’s Green Fuels company, the company that was granted the country’s only licence to produce and sell ethanol.

Nyabadza denied the allegation.

But Mliswa insists that Nyabadza is compromised because of his alleged dealings with Rautenbach.

“If you want I can go and show you the house Billy bought him [Nyabadza],” Mliswa told the Mail & Guardian in an interview.

In addition to the $165-million demand, Mliswa is also suing Rautenbach for $15-million after a newspaper interview in which Rautenbach described him as an “extortionist”.

Mliswa told the M&G that, before Rautenbach’s extortion claims against him, he wrote to Mugabe seeking his intervention.

“In the goodness of time [sic] the truth will come out. There are a lot of witnesses; not only politicians but also technocrats. I wrote to the president and he is aware it is not extortion. I have not received a response yet,” said Mliswa.

He added that he had not heard from Rautenbach or his lawyers since the businessperson declined to pay him and accused him of extortion.

“I have not heard from him or anyone so today [Tuesday] I am going to see my lawyer Jonathan Samkange and will issue summons following my letter of demand,” he said.

When asked how he had valued his political connectedness and arrived at $165-million, Mliswa said he had a verbal agreement with Rautenbach that he was entitled to 10% of the shares of the ethanol project, the Unki mine and Hwange Colliery.

On why he had approached Mugabe when it seemed to be a business venture gone bad, Mliswa said: “I wanted the nation to know that it was dealing with a crook. For example, at Hwange he was supposed to produce coking coke to improve power generation, but he sold it.”

He said that he had dealt with Rautenbach long before he had become an MP or had political ambitions.

Mliswa also said even Presidential Affairs Minister Didymus Mutasa, whom he alleged was aware of the deals, has not denied his version, as Mutasa has told media that the matter was between Rautenbach and Mliswa.

Mutasa refused to comment.

Mliswa said that, to show he was not attempting to extort money from anyone during the inclusive government’s tenure, he had also petitioned a Cabinet committee that was headed by then deputy prime minister Arthur Mutambara in a bid to have Rautenbach hand over to him the promised shares in the ethanol venture.

Mutambara’s committee did not specifically deal with Mliswa’s complaint, but in its final report said a build, operate and transfer (BOT) arrangement for the ethanol project was detrimental to the national interest and recommended that it be converted to a joint venture. Rautenbach and the government, through Arda, had initially agreed to a BOT deal.

The falling-out between Mliswa and Rautenbach has brought to the fore previously unsubstantiated rumours that senior Zanu-PF officials sell their political connections to foreign investors.

Rautenbach, who is reportedly close to Zanu-PF officials, was at one time lumped together with numerous Zanu-PF Cabinet ministers who were under European Union sanctions and barred from travelling to Europe.

Rautenbach was not available for comment, but on April 1 accused Mliswa of being an extortionist.

“Mliswa victimised us on many fronts. He approached us in the capacity of an investment consultant, but when we realised that he was not sincere in his approach to business and had extortionist tendencies, we immediately cut ties with him and directed all communication through our lawyers. His submissions pertaining to our various projects are baseless falsehoods,” Rautenbach told the Herald.

 

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19 comments on “Zanu-PF MP hits out at Rautenbach
  1. Mseyamwa says:

    Kana Mugabe akatoitizawo akati better ndonoona ndiri kuSingapore. From afar. It would be good if every individual Zimbabwean had all this govt machinery supporting them in clean endeavors but it turns out only a few corrupt-to-the-born can halt govt business and focus on corrupt personal business.

  2. DubboZimbo says:

    When Mliswa says “I wanted the nation to know I was dealing with a crook……” was he talking about Billy or Bob…. or both.

  3. ntaba says:

    Birds of a feather flock together?

  4. Jrr56 says:

    Throw them all into the same pot, the smell will be the same.

  5. Save says:

    “”””Mliswa, who is also the party’s Hurungwe West MP, is demanding $165-million for the role he said he played in securing Rautenbach’s interests in the Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant, Unki Platinum Mines and the Hwange Colliery Company.””””

    Sic….. Is this what Nehanda died for? is it what the Mps shld do? Is this what ZPF people does????

  6. Shumba Boy says:

    and now Maliswa is trowing all young productive farmers off the land in mash west…..by end of May 14 ….sic

  7. Doris says:

    Mliswa is a thieving skunk who has high expectations of his ability to do legal business!! His time is fast approaching!

  8. Senzachena says:

    Billy boy is learning that “if you supp with the Devil, you must have a long spoon.” All crooks together . SHAME

  9. munzwa says:

    Ha Ha Ha, all crooks trying to out do each other…imagine them in a room together wanting to boast at how much they have stolen, who is the better crook!!!!

  10. ntaba says:

    Poor Billy and Temba – they are such angels – could not think of nicer people!

  11. Gomogranny says:

    Reap what you sow….make your bed and sleep in it. Cannibals.

  12. Kevin Watson says:

    They are all criminals Mugabe Mliswa and Rautenbach. Zanu PF is a criminal organisation with a similar modus operandi to the Mafia.

  13. moyokumusha says:

    I like it, when the crooks start falling out the empire will crumble. There are now too many of them for BOB to control, who is going to hit a tree with their 4 X 4 Mliswa or Rautenbach. Come on Baba Jukwa tell us. More infighting please.

    Its not the nation that needs to implode but the crooks who treat OUR NATION as their own company.

  14. zimbabwean says:

    Mliswa you are a pathetic thief. I agree with the writer above that Mbuya Nehanda and Sekuru Kaguve are turning in their graves with your unprecedented unsympathetic and unhumanly greedness. How many Zimbabweans can be helped by 165 million US Dollars that you want to funnel into your personal pocket. How big is your pocket Temba?. How much have already looted Temba?. How many hungry Zimbabweans have you snatched food from their mouths Temba?. Temba you make me feel ashamed to call myself Zimbabwean amoung other nationalities. Temba Mliswa you belong in jail you thieving skunk.

  15. supermondo says:

    I don’t listen to anything a zanoid has to say.

  16. clifford ratzlaff says:

    Poor, pathetic, 90 some year Mugabe Deluded with puerile fantasies that he is still important. He is singularly to blame for the low life expectancy of the people. He has not an iota of understanding what words like altruism and empathy mean. I was in Zim from 1954 to 1867 and served as principal of Chironga Teacher Training Institute near Mt. Darwin – also close to the Ruia river. I knew Pius Wakatama very well. I would love to hear from someone who remembers me. Zim was absolutely beautiful in those days. Cliff Ratzlaff Ph.D.

  17. zvichanaka says:

    Excellent comparisons to Mexican drug barons.

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