I don't care: Jabulani Sibanda

HARARE - A defiant war veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda said yesterday that he did not care if his detractors ousted him from his position, adding that President Robert Mugabe was being fed lies by Sibanda’s Zanu PF adversaries.

The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWA) chairman told the Daily News in an exclusive interview that he was not losing any sleep over attempts to dethrone him, even as it emerged that his enemies were sharpening their knives against him.

“I don’t care. Let them call for their (war veterans’) congress,” he said of the purported vote of no confidence in him that has allegedly been passed by his fellow comrades and so-called war veteran elders.

“The revolution is bigger and longer than anybody. So it is not about ousting Jabu or not. No matter what they do to me, I am very happy that the people of Zimbabwe know the truth.”

Turning to Thursday’s scathing attack on him by Mugabe, Sibanda emphatically denied all the allegations levelled against him, insisting that Mugabe was being misinformed by malicious elements who wanted to create chaos within the party and take over from him the same way they wanted to do in 2004 during the ill-fated Tsholotsho Coup.

“My response is very simple. I saw the president’s address on ZBC last night and I was very, very happy to see that the president is fit and strong.

“He knows that what he said is not true. But the only thing that made me happy is that I saw that our president is still healthy and strong,” Sibanda said.

The war veterans’ leader added that he was yet to decide on his next move, but was in the meantime seeking a meeting with Mugabe to share thoughts with him.

“I haven’t yet decided what I will do but if given an opportunity I would love to meet the president and tell him the truth,” Sibanda said.

The war veterans’ leader said contrary to the machinations of his party detractors and State media, he was not against Mugabe’s wife, Grace’s ascendancy to high political office.

Mugabe launched a scathing attack on Sibanda in his Thursday diatribe, accusing him of allegedly trying to block his wife’s political aspirations.

Sibanda said: “What are you talking about? I was one of the first people to congratulate the First Lady. I have nothing against her assuming the Women’s League chairperson’s post”.

Turning to allegations peddled by Mugabe that he had received vehicles from Zanu PF Mbire MP, David Butau, Sibanda retorted: “Where are the vehicles? I am a poor man and all those who really know me will testify”.

The venom-spitting Mugabe also accused Sibanda of being possessed by the Devil’s spirit on Thursday, adding, “Arasa gwara chose. (He has lost the way)”.

But Sibanda said this was not true.

The president has also directed that war veterans regroup and choose a new leader who is committed to Zanu PF’s revolutionary ideals.

“Saka Jabulani aakutonga muno munyika? (Can we now say he is the country’s ruler?)” Mugabe asked after accusing Sibanda of blocking supporters from attending the party’s gatherings.

Mugabe was interrupted during his speech by agitated supporters who alleged that Sibanda was not a genuine war veteran.

“Haasi? He is fake?” they shouted.

Mugabe said: “Saka vana (Joseph) Chinotimba makamubvumirei? (So why did you Chinotimba and other war veterans allow him to masquerade as a war veteran?)”

Sibanda has over the past few weeks defiantly refused to be part of Grace’s controversial “Meet-the-People” rallies where the First Lady has demanded the ouster of Vice President Joice Mujuru, for alleged corruption and plotting a coup de tat against her 90-year-old husband.

Sibanda recently vowed that he would have nothing to do with a “bedroom coup”, in apparent reference to fears within and outside Zanu PF that Mugabe was grooming his wife to eventually take over as president.

Meanwhile a group calling itself war veterans’ elders claims that it has deposed Sibanda as ZNLWA chairperson. Addressing a press conference yesterday, the so-called elders said they have expelled Sibanda accusing him of 11 charges of insubordination including threatening to march to State House and denigrating Mugabe.

Comments (35)

Real war veterans stand by principles. They don't just go with the wind. Jabu is standing on principles and some are about which side of the bread is buttered. Sorry!

gunguwo - 1 November 2014

We'll done Sibanda do not allow yourself to Nebuchadnezzars Idol. Be like Shadreck Misheck and Abednigo who said even you don't throw us into the Fire we are not going to worship your Idol. Those who will throw you today into Fire are the very people who have to be burnt.. Nebuchadnezzars days are getting out numbered. God is a God who will give time to re check yourself but because of pride people they see themselves to be even more popular than God. Just wait and see where this game is going. Very soon all these criminals will disappear into thin air when God says you end here

Karigamombe - 1 November 2014

We'll done Sibanda do not allow yourself to Nebuchadnezzars Idol. Be like Shadreck Misheck and Abednigo who said even if you don't throw us into the Fire we are not going to worship your Idol. Those who will throw you today into Fire are the very people who have to be burnt.. Nebuchadnezzars days are getting out numbered. God is a God who will give time to re check yourself but because of pride people they see themselves to be even more popular than God. Just wait and see where this game is going. Very soon all these criminals will disappear into thin air when God says you end here

Karigamombe - 1 November 2014

umm unobva watoshaya kuti zviri kufamba seiko

joe - 1 November 2014

Why all the time Mugabe is misinformed he is a fool who can be easily lied to .Sibanda has changed his tone he is now afraid and reverting to being a puppet and zombie of Mugabe only amadoda sibili like the great Gwasela are missing in this country demety.

Diibulaanyika - 1 November 2014

When we went to war we did not aim to liberate the ZANU card holders but Zimbabweans. As war veterans we don't belong to ZANU. We belong to Zimbabwe.

tafunuka - 1 November 2014

" ....I was very, very happy to see that the president is fit and strong." Kuratidza kuti vanoziva hake kuti mukuru wakura nhai.

Lyn - 1 November 2014

I salute Sibanda and like use of his dimikira...if you lesten to his responses they are a double edged sword"Hanzi I was happy to see my president is still very strong on ZTV" .............................munoda kuwanzira kunopfura papi...looooolest

Mafirakureva - 1 November 2014

Is this the same Sibanda who orchestrated mardering of opposition supporters for the sack of Mugabe..and now..sorry bro. that is politicss. Better go back to Zapu wena, Zanu PF is finished...I say not only go but run away as soon as you can. Wish you the best if at long last you have seen the light...Mugabe must go

Garikayi - 1 November 2014

Kwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Jabulani now sees Mugabe on TV like ordinary people? What happened after the million man march, and the beating up of people in Masvingo? Lol. Yisihlama somuntu, umsuzo womuntu

Nduna - 1 November 2014

Salute you comrade

Runwork - 1 November 2014

Salute you comrade

Runwork - 1 November 2014

i have never been a fan of Mr Jabulani Sibanda. I never took a liking to his tactics, but i think there is something wrong in the manner in which business is done in Zanu pf. are there no constitutional processes to be followed. I am sure Mr Jabu can mount a constitutional challenge and win. Just summary expulsion for holding his views and they have not be proved wrong...just allegations. since when were allegations enough to dethrone someone? the right thing to do is to have Mr Jabu answer to a disciplinary committee should he be seen to have gone against the association's norms. Be fair and respect due process.

taura chokwadi - 1 November 2014

Jabu is an opportunist and his rantings have no takers as he is the very same chap who spearheaded the violent campaigns during the 2008 elections where innocent Zimbabweans were killed. If he is a true war vet, why did he kill people for holding views contrary to his yet the liberation struggle was meant to restore the various freedoms which the white settle regime had denied the toiling masses.

Chief Charumbira - 1 November 2014

Jabu is an opportunist and his rantings have no takers as he is the very same chap who spearheaded the violent campaigns during the 2008 elections where innocent Zimbabweans were killed. If he is a true war vet, why did he kill people for holding views contrary to his yet the liberation struggle was meant to restore the various freedoms which the white settle regime had denied the toiling masses.

Chief Charumbira - 1 November 2014

Jabu is an opportunist and his rantings have no takers as he is the very same chap who spearheaded the violent campaigns during the 2008 elections where innocent Zimbabweans were killed. If he is a true war vet, why did he kill people for holding views contrary to his yet the liberation struggle was meant to restore the various freedoms which the white settle regime had denied the toiling masses.

Chief Charumbira - 1 November 2014

Jabu is an opportunist and his rantings have no takers as he is the very same chap who spearheaded the violent campaigns during the 2008 elections where innocent Zimbabweans were killed. If he is a true war vet, why did he kill people for holding views contrary to his yet the liberation struggle was meant to restore the various freedoms which the white settle regime had denied the toiling masses.

Chief Charumbira - 1 November 2014

You do not see your leader on TV. A cadre sees his leader live. The revolution is bigger and longer than anybody. Its enough to confirm Jabu's ulterior motives. Be advised its not good for dear peace in the country. The fact you are a liberation fighter should not cause you to want revolution for the entire life. Dont self distruct

liberty shungu - 2 November 2014

chavakadya chamuka

bhoramusango - 2 November 2014

jabu,u are an idiot,u agrred to be given the cars by joyce and butau and in return u disrespected the president they very person who was instrumental in you becoming war vets chairman when joseph musika and john nkomo didnt want you.and by the way u disrespected musika by saying" who is musika<the only musika i know is a market place" and now u disrespect mugabe by saying he is doing a bedroom coup on joyce.u are disrespectful.obvioulsy some of us know that you bonked joyce,munacho mutezo,willie nyemba,simon khaya moyo also bonked her.now jabu cant tolerate anyone who wants to attack herr honey pot,i thought you are younger and married,shame

cheyameni - 2 November 2014

jabu,u are an idiot,u agrred to be given the cars by joyce and butau and in return u disrespected the president they very person who was instrumental in you becoming war vets chairman when joseph musika and john nkomo didnt want you.and by the way u disrespected musika by saying" who is musika<the only musika i know is a market place" and now u disrespect mugabe by saying he is doing a bedroom coup on joyce.u are disrespectful.obvioulsy some of us know that you bonked joyce,munacho mutezo,willie nyemba,simon khaya moyo also bonked her.now jabu cant tolerate anyone who wants to attack herr honey pot,i thought you are younger and married,shame

cheyameni - 2 November 2014

jabu,u are an idiot,u agrred to be given the cars by joyce and butau and in return u disrespected the president they very person who was instrumental in you becoming war vets chairman when joseph musika and john nkomo didnt want you.and by the way u disrespected musika by saying" who is musika<the only musika i know is a market place" and now u disrespect mugabe by saying he is doing a bedroom coup on joyce.u are disrespectful.obvioulsy some of us know that you bonked joyce,munacho mutezo,willie nyemba,simon khaya moyo also bonked her.now jabu cant tolerate anyone who wants to attack herr honey pot,i thought you are younger and married,shame

cheyameni - 2 November 2014

Salute you cde,this is not zanu holdings or private limited but ZANU Patriotic Front.A people oriented party.let them be told the truth especially this cde President that we have who is used to governing on basis of romours ano depend nemakuhwa.guhwa harivake musha.He is a coward who cant call a spade a spade.whats in the party right now is a circus that started at his home orchestrated by his wife and manipulated by the Zvipfukuto team.Wake up Mr President where do you think you take Zim to @ 90?Cant you see that you are being played in the hands of the sinister Ngwena,Jona and other ruthless opportunists like your nephew or nephews-Zhuwawo and Chiyangwa.I dont frankly think this first lady ever loved you as it shows in what she had been doing she is in conspiracy against you as she is just being used by the Ngwena.Shame she cant meet up the expectations of these dangerous ruthless elements

CARSON MACATE - 2 November 2014

carson macate,so you think joyce is also clean,u think she didnt work with the americans,with mdc,u think she didnt do all those corrupt things.its a matter of maybe averybody being dirty but joyce being dirty too then made the mistake of plotting with the enemy.now becoa ahe has sold out her dirt is being let out in the open.if maybe she had not worked with the imperialists,her dirt would still be under the carpet.nobody would be saying about zvokusvigwa kwake najabu,namutezo,nanyemba,nakhaya moyo,nokuba mari kwake kutriangle,nokuairport.

cheyameni - 2 November 2014

carson macate,so you think joyce is also clean,u think she didnt work with the americans,with mdc,u think she didnt do all those corrupt things.its a matter of maybe averybody being dirty but joyce being dirty too then made the mistake of plotting with the enemy.now becoa ahe has sold out her dirt is being let out in the open.if maybe she had not worked with the imperialists,her dirt would still be under the carpet.nobody would be saying about zvokusvigwa kwake najabu,namutezo,nanyemba,nakhaya moyo,nokuba mari kwake kutriangle,nokuairport.

cheyameni - 2 November 2014

Ko president humambo here hunosiirwana mumba ...

Muchazviona - 2 November 2014

Now , Jabulani will know that Zanu Pf can use you and dumb you like shit, what goes arounf comes around Mr Sibanda, all along you thought you were untouchable, now the curtain is coming down on you my friend

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Flixcom Solutions - 3 November 2014

Jabu may be what ever people think he is, but the truth is he has perhaps comes to his senses that revoulution is greater than Sibanda and Mugabe or anyother person in Zimbabwe. However to Mugabe revolution begin and end with Mugabe and his interest hence the desire of the ex-wife of his soldier and ex-typist to be a president or leader. Thus myopic thinking. If the war veterans allow this, seriously true war veterans fallen and alive will realise that the war was not about liberating Zimbabwe but creating a Mugabe dynasty. How unworth will be the cause of the fight.

annanian - 3 November 2014

Tafumuka spot on.ZANU PF is not Zimbabwe&ZANU PF,like Zimbabwe should not be treated like personal property.Leaders come & go.We need true freedom not hunger brought about by unemployment in Zimbabwe.

KUDYAZVEMAREMA - 3 November 2014

The truth that the people know about you Jabu is that you terrorised them mercilessly. Don't even think of hoping to solicit their sympathy for your woes.In fact we wish the very worst to happen to you and your kind!

Johno - 3 November 2014

Transform Zimbabwe will end Zimbabwe's economic woes come 2018

governor Louis - 3 November 2014

J B...your instincts will never get you wrong...Go JB Go JB...Phela you are one of a few esikuthembileyo... You are silently supported...but now its time we echo that...

Beke - 5 November 2014

Uyu haasiye Jabulani Sibanda wekuvhundutsira vadhara vedu kumusha achiti anouya akavadya here zveGukurahundi..Threatening old folks for no reason.. wakashandiswaka..yaa chiraswa..wamama...wamama..unosura chando gore rino..wadhota....Wadhota....

Colonel Matambanashe - 5 November 2014

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