Parly committee accuses GreenFuel of corruption

By Morris Bishi
CHIREDZI – The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy and Power Development is concerned with the veil of secrecy around GreenFuel’s joint venture ethanol project with Government.
Committee chairperson MP Joel Gabuza told The Mirror in an interview that Government is not benefitting anything from the deal. He suspects that, there are two or three politicians who are corruptly benefitting from the deal.
Gabuza said that although the GreenFuel ethanol project is a joint venture with State entity Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (ARDA), he as an MP has never seen the project’s books of accounts. He said his Committee was going to dig deep into the matter.
Gabuza said this on the sidelines of a fact finding tour of Tongaat Hulett`s ethanol plant in Triangle recently. From Tongaat the Committee was set to visit GreenFuel.
“I think Government is not benefiting anything at GreenFuel. I have never seen their accounts or how much Government is getting from the deal. The deal must be benefitting two or three people in Government. The law says that any entity that gets an ethanol licence should be in partnership with Government.
“We are also not clear on how Tongaat Hulett was allowed to get into ethanol production partnership with NOIC. NOIC is directly involved in fuel business and the arrangement with Tongaat is therefore not proper,” said Gabuza.
Masvingo Mirror