Jabulani Sibanda defends farm invaders

BULAWAYO - War veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda said youths in Bulawayo who invaded farms on the outskirts of the city were victims of the current poor economic situation.

Zanu PF activists riding under the auspices of Bulawayo Chapter of Youth in Farming

Organisation led by Tariro Magovanyika, 34 and Mark Muunganirwa, 35 have in the past weeks invaded about five farms.

Umguza MP Obert Mpofu recently called for the arrest of the invaders describing their acts as illegal while party national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo and Bulawayo Provincial chairman Callistus Ndlovu have disowned them.

But, speaking for the first time since the onset of a new wave of farm invasions, Sibanda said calling for the arrest of the agitated youths was missing the whole point with regard to empowering the growing number of the jobless young population.

“They are victims of unemployment, they are not criminals,” Sibanda told the Daily News. “Give us the opportunity to talk to them on how to handle these difficult circumstances they find themselves in and the magistrate is not the right person to talk to because he can only put them into prison and that does not help the matter,” he said.

The two youth leaders have a pending court case where they are

being charged of criminal trespass in Bulawayo City Council-owned Mazwi Nature Reserve.

The war veterans leader said the land grabs were an epitome of a malfunctioning industry.

“They are invading because they are land-hungry. It is actually a sign that our people are desperate considering that our industry has collapsed here in Bulawayo.”

He, however, criticised the invasion of Mazwi Nature Reserve, a move he described as ill advised. “Mazwi is Bulawayo City Council’s land.”

Asked about the recent invasion of a Figtree Farm owned by David Connolly, by a top

President Robert Mugabe aide Ray Ndhlukula, Sibanda said the title deeds held by the white farmer had been overtaken by time.

“When did Connolly invade our country to take a farm here?” asked Sibanda.

“He must have a lease for that farm, if he is still holding onto title deeds for that farm, that has been overtaken by events.

“We want all white farmers that bought land during colonial time to respect the present land distribution method by applying for a 99-year lease from government.”

Comments (10)

Yes, whites should apply for land. But blacks should also apply for land, not invade it. The era of land invasion was a necessary action to drive home the statement that we wanted our land back. Now that the whole world knows this, we must do things more orderly, and there is no need for us to occupy land without offer letters. Everyone (whether black or white) on a commercial should be a holder of an offer letter.

machakachaka - 15 September 2014

You destroy the backbone of your industries,rendering your youths jobless. Ironically you think farm invasions will end joblessness.Who tells you that commercial farm invasions will revive the country's dying economy?You foolishly fail to understand that your closed industries relied on the farms you are now invading on pretext of redressing the colonial land imbalances.''WHAT MADNESS !''

DONGAWATONGA - 15 September 2014

People who have no common sense are not needed to lead any organisation . Remember this is the same guy who organised a million mach in support of Mugabe to win elections in zim that what were maching for. You won now create jobs .you chased away farmers and took their land make use of those farms .Sibanda uzigwaze ngowako u mkonto ngoba ubusy u supporter isigebenga esaqeda abantu kanti unjani emqondweni wako ingathi awuphilanga kahle mfowethu .

Diibulaanyika - 15 September 2014

People who have no common sense are not needed to lead any organisation . Remember this is the same guy who organised a million mach in support of Mugabe to win elections in zim that what were maching for. You won now create jobs .you chased away farmers and took their land make use of those farms .Sibanda uzigwaze ngowako u mkonto ngoba ubusy u supporter isigebenga esaqeda abantu kanti unjani emqondweni wako ingathi awuphilanga kahle mfowethu .

Diibulaanyika - 15 September 2014

I do not think Sibanda is a man qualified well enough to talk about such land invasions because he is an instigator and the man can never be reasonable even on simple issues. Bulawayo is dead and such actions make her recovery null and void. People who are said to be leaders of such invasions do no originate from here and they are being used to ensure that the great city stays dead. jabulani and the Ndhlukulas are machineries being used to destroy Bulawayo and her surroundings for ever. One day God shall reign all this nonsense.

Mendeka - 15 September 2014

I still vividly remember very well in the early 80s Mugabe relocated many companies from Bulawayo to Harare and those which were left had to have HQs in Harare and that means many companies were closed by Mugabe in Bulawayo in a bid to fix the people of this region who had voted for zapu the same way he took farms from white farmers to fix them for financing MDC hoping that the party was going to die . So we zimbabweans know who is our economy destroyer it is no secret it is stupid old Mugabe.

Diibulaanyika - 15 September 2014

armed conflicts have proved a quick solution to address wrong leadership what your take on this one please I need your comments

tozvireva - 16 September 2014

Jabulani is not qualified to comment on these issues as he sees only ZanuPF in his bid headedness and does not care of the consequences to Zimbabwe at large. Who these youth boys fronting? Are they the only ones without land? What productive activities have they done prior? Why should these two misguided misfits put the whole of the region at stake, unless Jabu is equally as selfish as his proxies in these two fruadsters.

gwaya - 16 September 2014

when we voted isu sema youth we were promised employment kana t'shirt yangu veku party inazvo hatina kundzi tichatora vhu it was about employment creation.

Mugararandega - 16 September 2014

this guy is a total ignorant son of a heartless woman. he does not realize the damage caused by the land reform program on the economy and people''s lifestyles

JOJO - 28 September 2014

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