Stop abusing Grace: War vets

HARARE - The chairman of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association, Jabulani Sibanda, says there are elements within Zanu PF who are plotting against President Robert Mugabe by abusing First Lady Grace.

In a no-holds-barred exclusive interview with the Daily News yesterday, Sibanda, who has studiously refused to be part of Grace’s bandwagon of party apparatchiks who are attacking Vice President Joice Mujuru viciously, said there was a clear sinister plot to oust Mugabe by what he described as “evil elements in the party”.

“I think in my view the first lady is being abused. Let me put it this way, the First Family is being abused,” Sibanda said.

The war veterans’ leader further warned that this sinister plot against Mugabe was being waged by “a coterie of dangerous elements” in Zanu PF.

“There is a sinister motive being carried out by a few people who are anti-Mugabe, anti-first lady and anti-Zanu PF.

“The same people want to play smoke and mirror games to hoodwink people not to see their real agenda. Unfortunately, we can see through the smoke.

“We have few people who are anti-Mugabe, anti-first lady and anti-Zanu PF who disguise themselves as the ones who love Amai and the party, but we can see through their shenanigans,” the angry Sibanda charged.

The feared war  veterans leader was yesterday sledged roundly in the State media for allegedly snubbing Grace’s so-called “Meet the People” rallies.

He was also not invited to the first lady’s meeting with “war veterans” at her orphanage scheduled for today.

Sibanda further accused the “anti-Mugabe brigade” of causing the publication of false stories about him in a futile bid to tarnish other Zanu PF members’ images.

“These hypocrites who are anti-Mugabe go on to publish stories insinuating that others are against our president. We are aware of all this nonsense.

“I was one of the first people to congratulate the first lady after she was nominated for the position of Women’s League boss, and yet there are some who are trying to cast aspersions and brand us anti-first lady,” he said.

Sibanda said he was planning to expose the hypocrites soon.

“Soon I will call for a Press conference and expose all those who are anti-Mugabe. Let them do all what they want but I will call for a Press conference to deal with this issue,” he said.

“We experienced such things during the liberation struggle, we experienced such after independence and today we are experiencing it again,” Sibanda added.

Comments (33)

Buda pachena, you are a coward, its either you now want to run away from the corrupt mai mujuru faction, the big question amongst the public now is , can mai mujuru, with all the evidence of her corruption be entrusted to take over from Mugabe, that is the debate now kwete zvko zvauri kutaura izvo, do not try to sway our focus.

reason - 23 October 2014

Tschotscholossa....Tscholotscho shavishavi bhururuka! Jabulani knows it and knows who killed comrade ehe...regai ndinyarare.

selele - 23 October 2014

Which evidence are you referring to? Maybe you know better. Kindly let us know as well

petso - 23 October 2014

Ah u are a coward n talkn abt your war credentials they are jus as questionable....u wr Mdala wethu's aid hauna hondo yawakarwa iwe....so usadakuzviita holier than thou....faction yako naJoice iri patyt....

Uya Uya - 23 October 2014

Ko iye Mugabe ndimwari here anongonzi pesepese they are plotting to oust him? He is useless.

Mer - 23 October 2014

Reason. I have a few questions. Why is it those few individuals who are not popularly elected are at the helm of causing confusion in the party? The likes of Oppa, Jona, and Zhuwawo? Why does the zvipfukuto team want to subvert the will of the people? Now we have Gucci Grace calling on a Vice President of a country to resign? Why and how when she was elected and endorsed by her constituency? Same thing with the Chairmen of provinces ? How and why can they resign when they are endorsed by the structures?

One Ariega - 23 October 2014

How old was Sibanda 35yrs ago when the war ended? 10 maybe? War veteran? Kkkk. What a liar.

Moe_Syslak - 23 October 2014

It would look like the bootlicking contest has taken a new twist, it has gone on overdrive from claims of having everlasting love for ancient Mugabe to who can lick Grace's behind the most amongst the whole crew of thieves, crooks and murderers from both sides of the factional divide. We are about to witness the drama at it's most peakest point, if only all this bootlicking and name calling could add a grain of corn to our harvest. Our leaders are so pre-occupied with non issues it makes me sick.

Dr Know - 23 October 2014

war vet rataura zvinemusoro. even the way herald is covering these stories shows that there is a prefered side to the factional issue. it seems there is only one faction - that of mrs mujuru. what about the other faction. it appears invisible because it is hiding behind the first lady. for that reason, we have to be careful how we interpret what is happening in our dear party. the thing is, one person hiding behind the first lady has been ploting against the president. the tsholotsho debacle is still fresh in people's minds. this time he is out to destroy the party. it sounds wise to nip him in the bud once and for all.

taurai - 23 October 2014

So that people know..... that young legislator called Justice Mayor Wadyajena is Mnangagwa`s secret key. I used to see Mnangagwa visit lot at Wadyajena`s office at Fidelity Life Tower along Raleigh road. Mayor Wadyajena is the one who handles all of Mnangagwa`s corrupt dealings. We all know that all his monies actually belong to Mnangagwa. Please Zanu pf investigate this. That is why this Mayor wadyajena is so arrogant.

kwedu - 23 October 2014

THE TSHOLOTSHO/DINYANE BRIGADE HAS NOW WOKEN UP IN FULL FORCE!!!! THEY WERE DEFEATED AND SACRIFIED 10 YEARS AGO AND NOW THEY HAVE REGROOPED FULLY ENERGISED. THERE IS NO GENERAL MUJURU TO THREATERN POOR BOB. NOW THE POOR WIDOW IS CANON FORDER. HOW THE HELL DID SHE NOT SEE THE WRITING ON THE WALL??? THOSE WHO THINK THAT BOB HAS NO NKOWLEDGE OR HAND IN WHAT GRACE IS DOING TO VP MUJURU, MUTASA AND THEIR CAMP HAVE ANOTHER THINK COMING. HE IS FULLY BEHIND HIS WIFE'S MACHINATIONS JUST AS MUCH AS HE WAS IN SUPPORT OF THE TSHOLOTSHO SCHEME. DONT BE FOOLED. THEY HAVE CORNERED MAI MUJURU AND SHE HAS NO DEFENCE. IF I WERE HER, I WOULD STEP DOWN GRACEFULLY BECAUSE EVERY PLOT NOW IS TO SEE TO IT THAT SHE IS GONE. ALL WITH THE FULL SUPPORT OF BOB!!!!

SHIBOBO - 23 October 2014

sibanda name the people we want to know we are the owners of zimbabwe, zimbabwe is not owned bu grace and robert by by zimbabweans, name these people NOW

Harare - 23 October 2014

Please Sibanda stop bellowing for Mugabe he is not a muddy bull , What ever his wife said was blessed by him Even you your wife can not go around the country meeting people without you knowing what she is going to tell them . Do not play with us Sibanda we are not your children try to have some good manors and stop lies . Be geared for more pain and agony in your part bcoz the end is just by the corner. My true war vets are Thambo Lenyoka, kanka ,Gayigushi and Gilbert Sitshela Ngwenya bcoz they wanted to liberate us before the country was destroyed but we let them down and called them names now look where we are we are now Mugabe 's zombies .

Diibulaanyika - 23 October 2014

Isu takagara tazviona kuti maparty aya which are run like a mafia or cultist organisations kana otsemuka anoita kunge calabashi radonhedzerwa padombo. Zvino munoti haisi split here iyoyi, munoti vanu ivava vachazokwanisa kushanda vese futi. Vese vari muzanu should stop complaining about biasness yestate media panzi nevamwe like vana mdc necivil society ngatigadzire independent state media with national not zanu pf interests at heart vakanage vachiti vanhu ivava mapenzi zvino nhasi zvarwadzei. Zanu yainyanya kuseka chaos yemdc asi isu taiziva kuti kana zvouya kwavo zvine ropa pasi sokuti iparty eropa. Ndozvakaonekwa pamwe naMakandiwa izvi

Punto - 23 October 2014

Isu takagara tazviona kuti maparty aya which are run like a mafia or cultist organisations kana otsemuka anoita kunge calabashi radonhedzerwa padombo. Zvino munoti haisi split here iyoyi, munoti vanu ivava vachazokwanisa kushanda vese futi. Vese vari muzanu should stop complaining about biasness yestate media panzi nevamwe like vana mdc necivil society ngatigadzire independent state media with national not zanu pf interests at heart vakanage vachiti vanhu ivava mapenzi zvino nhasi zvarwadzei. Zanu yainyanya kuseka chaos yemdc asi isu taiziva kuti kana zvouya kwavo zvine ropa pasi sokuti iparty eropa. Ndozvakaonekwa pamwe naMakandiwa izvi

Punto - 23 October 2014

Jabulani Sibanda, Isn't it our first lady Grace who is abusing all and sundry. Surely you are not that dumb or are you ?????. No wonder Zimbabwe is stone broke and on it's knees. It's time to grow up my friend and throw the nappies away.

ronaldos - 23 October 2014

Robert Mugabe himself is scared of Joice Mujuru. He is not quite sure what sort of reaction he is going to get from Mujuru. Joice is not a strong character herself and does not know how to react - whether to apologise or resign or commit suicide. She is a tormented soul as it is. Robert Mugabe is hoping Joice falls on her sword and keeps deferring the meeting. He is the one inciting the wife to insult Mujuru because he hasn't got the bottle to do so himself. If Joice makes the mistake of apologising then she will be demoted or suspended from the party or even expelled like they did to Tekere. She is cornered and the only way out is to fight like mad. She does not come across as clever. If she had not gone to the airport then she could have had the Mugabes guessing, not quite sure what she has in store for them. But right now, Mujuru is a dead woman walking and so is Didymus Mutasa. Others like Shamu, Sekeramayi, Goche, Chinamasa, Mzembi, Mpofu, et al are “quietly sitting on the fence”. If the meeting takes place then Mugabe will gloss over the factionalism and concentrate on the abstract ZimAsset. The relationship between Robert, Grace and Joice is irretrievable, one will have to go. Hypothetically, Mujuru would survive if Robert drops dead now and Grace will be no more.

Musona - 23 October 2014

I was just thinking to myself - what if Solomon Mujuru were to 'appear from the dead' right now what will all these people say or do? It is not the right time to be a ZanuPF politician. It's a catch-22 situation for all of them. Keeping quiet is not a good option lest you are accused of siding with one faction and going to a rally would certainly show your true colours. Even if you go to the rally you can be singled out as belonging to the other faction like what happened to Kaukonde last week. Kaukonde tried to pull a fast one by attending the Grace rally when he belongs to the other faction and he was exposed.

Musona - 23 October 2014

The waverers or fence-sitters and other cowards are holding press conferences to save their skins when they are singled out and all taking the facile line, “I know those who are trying to topple the President - I will expose them in due course” or something alone those lines. Hiding behind the President. This is what Jabulani is trying here. What are you waiting for? Expose then now. Last week Jonathan Moyo tried spin - that Grace was not talking about Mujuru but about the duties of a Vice-President! This has since been shown to be false.

Musona - 23 October 2014

One sentence should read, "Expose them now".

Musona - 23 October 2014

Rine manyanga hariputirwi. The moment of truth is at hand

liberty shungu - 23 October 2014

whtaever it is mugabe must go with hios zanu ,they are not God and also too corrupt,can they account why they send the army to DRC and why people in masvingo had their homes burnt when they had taken the land mugabe had told people to take land ,just to use them for his vote gimmick

green masvingo - 24 October 2014

yes these people killed Solomon Mujuru so that they will weaken the VP and now its ripe for them to attack her coz no husband now and they know if he was alive they wouldn't get a chance

green masvingo - 24 October 2014

Oh, poor Jabulani, he himself having risen through some fecky credentials of a war veteran of a war he never really fought. What is going to be your ticket up now Jabulani?

clement moyo - 24 October 2014

It is actually Grace who created factionalism and is using ppl to make sure Mugabe remains in power. She claims she handpicked Mujuru in 2004 to stop Mnangagwa from rising to Vp . Now she wants to use Mnangagwa faction to trying to stop Mujuru. Remember Mnangagwa was first to propose succession by staging the 2005 tsholotsho declaration and by also sponsoring baba jukwa hence the title the weevils faction which they were labelled by Mugabe.

Jerru - 24 October 2014

Its now showing that the succession issue in Zpf has been ongoing and will not end anytime soon. The 2004 tsholotsho declartion was Mnagagwas revenge mission after Grace had stopped him from becoming VP despite winning in 8 provinces BY HANDPICKING MUJURU AS SHE CLAIMS. It is the same Grace again who is now trying to use Mnangagwa to try and stop Mujuru. OVERALLY GRACE IS USING DIVIDE AND RULE TO TRYING TO STOP MUGABES INEVITABLE SUCCESSION.

Kk - 24 October 2014

Born in 1970, JB was 10 years old at independence, war vet? My foot.

MaMoyo - 24 October 2014

Reason, there is plenty of evidence regarding Grace's corruption. You obviously think we have forgotten about the VIP housing scheme from which shamelessly took money without having contributed a single cent. She built the mansion in Borrowdale which was dubbed "Gracelands" and sold it at a huge profit to the Libyans. She forcefully took land belonging to Eaglesvalle high school. She cruelly evicted hundreds of families from land they had occupied for over a decade and dumped them by the road side. She is also of loose morals - a married woman who had an adulterous affair and had two children while the then first lady lay dying from a kidney ailment.

Abbie - 24 October 2014

jabu, you dont mugabe and zanu. you thot ubaba dabengwa was mad when he left zanu. izimoto lezi owuzithola ngezanu uzazidla soon. you will be well dumbed soon like mai mujuru. according to zanu you are just a toilet paper.

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Flixcom Solutions - 24 October 2014

Mr Sibanda you are going South whilst others are going North. The main question is that in Mozambique where was it agreed that Robert Mugabe was going to be life President of the Party and Government. This is a world of Democracy,don't try to change the subject when you know that the problem is with Mugabe and Family members accompanied by his bunch of corrupt individuals. We are now sick and tired of you guys why don't you just pack your bags and settle yourself to the farms that you have invaded without paying nothing. What about our brothers and sisters who also died in the struggle ? Do they get anything. Who are the people who are planning to topple Mugabe. Can you come forward and name them one by one after that tell us what do you think of President Mugabe is he still fit to be in Offiice. Why can't we learn lessons from a true Liberator Nelson Mandela who preached true reconciliation and that was witnessed by the whole world Leaders when he died. He passed on the mantle in time for others to learn and make corrections. He never groomed his wife for that job nor did he crowned his wife with fake degrees to be fit to be a President. Are all these things according to you normal things that you expect Zimbabweans to say we salute you First Lady. All what we hear are insults and accusations. As a Liberator read your fine lines of history then at the end of your reading you will be so angry with the truth.and even start confronting the truth. Don't start being a coward maybe you have been given a blank cheque so that you can now twist the truth. These guys are very good at that.

Karigamombe - 24 October 2014

Mr Sibanda you are going South whilst others are going North. The main question is that in Mozambique where was it agreed that Robert Mugabe was going to be life President of the Party and Government. This is a world of Democracy,don't try to change the subject when you know that the problem is with Mugabe and Family members accompanied by his bunch of corrupt individuals. We are now sick and tired of you guys why don't you just pack your bags and settle yourself to the farms that you have invaded without paying nothing. What about our brothers and sisters who also died in the struggle ? Do they get anything. Who are the people who are planning to topple Mugabe. Can you come forward and name them one by one after that tell us what do you think of President Mugabe is he still fit to be in Offiice. Why can't we learn lessons from a true Liberator Nelson Mandela who preached true reconciliation and that was witnessed by the whole world Leaders when he died. He passed on the mantle in time for others to learn and make corrections. He never groomed his wife for that job nor did he crowned his wife with fake degrees to be fit to be a President. Are all these things according to you normal things that you expect Zimbabweans to say we salute you First Lady. All what we hear are insults and accusations. As a Liberator read your fine lines of history then at the end of your reading you will be so angry with the truth.and even start confronting the truth. Don't start being a coward maybe you have been given a blank cheque so that you can now twist the truth. These guys are very good at that.

Karigamombe - 24 October 2014

jabulani, u r just an idiot as your beach grace. can u pls tell the nation when were u born, when did u start your primary education and when did u join the war, where and which province were u stationed? i can tell u now me, during the war i was war collaborator, in murehwa district, and when got our indpendence in 1980 i was 17, if u fought during war time u must b much older than. according to your age u can't b a war vet, u liar, u r one of them people who r conning the government by claiming to b war vets. u should b arrested because that is fraud. this is why u r backing grace because she the master of all fraud stars. i want to tell u something from now on when u r talking to n newspapers don't say we war vets, just say me jabulani, because u r not a war vet. and also i use to support zanu pf now i'm no longer because of the destruction which has been caused robert and his beach grace rine shure yakafumuka, rukadzi rusinganyare rwajaira kuvhurira varume vese vese. hausikuona kuti zvirikuitwa nagrace zvekutukirira vanhu hazviitwe nemunhu asiri hure. kuna mai mujuru ndinoti musavhundutsirwe nembwa idzi kana zvanyanya form your own party and see what will happen to grace and company. not to worry abt the army its only part of the generals who r backing old witch the rest is yours. pasi na jabulani,grace, robert nengochani dzake. pamberi namai mujuru, gamatox and company. this is going to b the end of robert and co. if it means that we r going to start another war let it b. we have head enough of these idiots.

mujibha - 24 October 2014

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