'Zanu PF plotting brutal campaigns'

HARARE - Firebrand former war veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda (pictured) has warned that President Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu PF party — severely weakened by its vicious factional and succession wars — will heighten its well-known thuggish tactics that include bloody campaigns and the brutalisation of its opponents to survive and remain in power.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily News yesterday, Sibanda said the party’s ongoing brutal purges of officials perceived to be loyal to former vice president Joice Mujuru had severely weakened the party to “a point of no return”.

“The party has been disintegrated and the danger that lies ahead is that they will soon realise that they have lost ground and have no strength and will resort to annihilating those opposed to them, killing people through assassinations.

“That is obvious and very clear because what matters to them is not the majority but that which can give them power and they would want to show that they mean business,” Sibanda, who is well-versed in Zanu PF’s modus operandi, said.

And as Sibanda spoke yesterday, there was turmoil and much trepidation within the ranks of the ruling party as it moved to purge more of its officials seen as allies of Mujuru, with a number of its provincial co-ordinating committees recommending the summary expulsion of dozens of MPs and other bigwigs in the past few days alone.

In Harare, former provincial chairman Amos Midzi, former politburo member Tendai Savanhu and the sitting provincial minister Miriam Chikukwa are among those who are facing the party’s ruthless guillotine.

In Mashonaland Central, the axe is set to land on former Public Service minister Nicholas Goche and Mbire MP David Butau among several officials, while in Mashonaland East the main target is beleaguered former chairman Ray Kaukonde.

Sibanda said yesterday that the endless purges were a harbinger of “the trials and tribulations that Zimbabweans will soon endure at the hands of Zanu PF” as the party knew that it was not possible to win elections fairly after “disintegrating and demobilising the party like this”.  

Describing the purges as “staggering political idiocy”, Sibanda said Mujuru and others like him who had been shown the exit door had been “effectively imprisoned” as they were being “followed everywhere by State security agents”.

Former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa has also attested to the fact that State security agents were following him everywhere, claiming that they were doing this with a view to assassinating him.

Turning to independence commemorations in the country later this week, Sibanda said there was no doubt that the majority of war veterans felt betrayed by Mugabe and his government.

He added that while many war veterans did not necessarily regret having worked very hard to keep Mugabe and Zanu PF in power since Zimbabwe’s independence from Britain in 1980, they nonetheless felt that the revolution had thus far been “liquidated”.

“The conflict over internal party elections currently obtaining is a betrayal of war veterans’ aspirations. It is criminal because the revolution is now devoid of any legality. They (Zanu PF leaders) have committed a crime of unparalleled proportions.

“What we thought was that after campaigning so hard, spending months sleeping in the bush and subsequently winning elections resoundingly in 2013, that we would use the five years of Mugabe’s reign to reorganise the party ideologically and structurally.

“We, however, discovered that the ideology had changed to that of scattering the masses, demobilising and intimidating them using politically borrowed State power,” he said.

The outspoken Sibanda warned his former bosses in Zanu PF that the tables would turn against them soon.

“Yes, we have been betrayed and we do not regret ever working under Mugabe because some of us were not working for an individual’s legacy but that of the nation. Remember when we were under the Ian Smith bondage, some thought that his system would not be dismantled but it was.

“So if it happened then it will certainly happen now. Intimidation will not work,” he said with conviction.

“In the past 35 years, we managed to liberate the land and had it not been for corruption both in Zanu PF and government, we would now be through with coming up with a Minerals Act that would have ensured that national resources benefit that boy in Chipinge and that old man in Tsholotsho.

“We would have ensured that our health delivery system and education, as well as infrastructure is developed using our resources, not this situation where the army mines in Chiadzwa,” Sibanda said.

Sibanda spoke yesterday as Zimbabweans have been savaging the ruinous policies of Mugabe and Zanu PF party, saying these have reduced the country to a basket case where chaotic urban street vending has now become professionalised and where there is very little to celebrate on Independence Day this coming Saturday.

Political analyst Maxwell Saungweme said independence was now “practically and to all intents and purposes, for a few privileged individuals” as many Zimbabweans were languishing in abject poverty.

“Independence means enjoying basic freedoms — freedom of speech, movement, association, enjoying and participating in economic opportunities in your country, equality and prosperity,” said Saungweme.

National Vendors Union chairperson Sten Zvorwadza said he wondered why some political leaders had the temerity to stand up and say they liberated Zimbabwe when many people were suffering terribly, while vendors were being threatened with eviction.

“Vending is the only enterprise that is supporting livelihoods of the majority these days but when they are denied their right which is espoused in the Constitution in section 13(1) (a) it is like removing oxygen for a person who needs it,” Zvorwadza said.

“It points to the fact that the liberation war was not fought for the generality of Zimbabweans, but for a minority group leading the country selfishly,” he said.

An unemployed graduate, Tonderai — who has been walking the streets since he completed his business management degree seven years ago — said his mood was so low at the moment that he sometimes also felt like asking the country’s leaders to “hand the country back to the colonisers” as they had done “such a bad job of managing our independence”.

“What is the meaning of this independence beyond those few political elites and their cronies who are ripping off and raping this country?

“Do our leaders even know that many young Zimbabweans who are highly educated are now either vegetable vendors or risking being eaten by crocodiles in the Limpopo River as they illegally cross into South Africa where they also face terrible xenophobia?” said Tonderai.

These sentiments came as the government-initiated “#1980SoFarSoGood”, which was supposed to be a feel good hash tag for Zimbabweans to adopt ahead of the 35th anniversary of independence next Saturday, came under a barrage of attack.

Many Zimbabweans have gleefully savaged the hash tag on Twitter, insisting that life in Zimbabwe under Mugabe has not been good at all in the three-and-a-half decades since he took over at independence.

Users posted pictures of the empty supermarket shelves and wads of worthless Zimbabwe dollar notes that were seen in 2007-8, at the peak of Zimbabwe’s economic crisis.

There were also photos of hungry Zimbabwean children picking up grain from the side of the road, and of burning homes at Manzou Farm in Mazowe, which was cleared of villagers by Zimbabwe’s controversial First Lady Grace Mugabe earlier this year to make way for her game reserve.


Comments (26)

Answer this questions Jabulani. Dont lecture us about zanu pf. Tell us about your role in the last elections. -We know you led brutal campaign against zanu opponents in the last election. - Where you following instructions from zanu pf, if so who gave you those instructions? journalism 101

Qiniso - 13 April 2015

Sibanda remember you were terrorising people in Masvingo before 2013 elections telling them that this time you will roast their livers. Now that you have been kicked out of ZANU you want to tell us you did it to benefit that boy in Chipinge and that old woman in Tsholotsho? How will they have benefited from you from their roasted livers? Stop insulting us please.

Ziziharinanyanga - 13 April 2015

You see wena jabu ungazo hlanya phambili kwethu . it is you who made mugabe president and that is what you wanted so what please hamba katshana le uyohlnyela lapo demety.

Diibulaanyika - 13 April 2015

Qiniso I cant agree with you more. Jabu are you thge Jabu who terorised people whereever you went. Is it a question of sour grapes?

Charles Qo! - 13 April 2015

It would be of great benefit to the suffering Zimbabwean masses if this gandanga called Jabulani Sibanda would shut up and ship out at the same time.He is not at all the best person to tell us how bad Mugabe ,zpf and gvt are.This JB contributed immensely towards the current status quo.He brutalised innocent and peace loving masses into voting zpf into power in addition to the rigging that has always taken place with Jabu's full knowledge and blessings.You were sleeping in bushes campaigning for Mugabe and zpf cz you had sinister motives.In functional democracies there would be no reason for anyone to lead a bush life as a way of campaigning.A hyena like you can not be trusted at all.What u want to do now is to remove Mugabe and zpf and replace them with another totalitarian regime of yours which is still racist,tribalistic,anti-west and corrupt elite.You don't deserve our sympathy until you confess and apologise openly to the people of Zimbabwe whom u persecuted for the sake of zpf and Mugabe.You superintended over the thugs who were chopping off the limbs of perceived opposition supporters and their livestock.You even enjoyed burning down their houses.Zpf must chase you off your farm like you did to those who were crying for a better Zimbabwe.Please do not provoke us by insulting our intelligence. You are never part of us and you will never unless you show us you a truly changed person.If Mugabe is to forgive u now give u a position in his party u will begin to trample on us again.

Cde Dokora - 13 April 2015

Guys, Fellow readers and commentors, pls bear with... let me pause 4 moment. who ever worked in Zanu PF surely could not do nothing alone in an evil system we all know is tightly guarded (CIOs, secret agents, etc etc) Many who tried to raise their heads long ago have died prematurely. some (many) of them we hurt them th'm becaz they were falsely accused/arrested before being cut off. Tell me, knowing all this WHO would come out in the open even being in the system. remember merely resigning in politics without convincing reasons one becomes a threat (" leaving with deadly secrets") they would follow & eliminate you to make sure you will not spill the beans. Dont see Mai Mujuru quiet and think she is a fool. let alone dont accuse her or this guy of this and that. Question? WHY were they purged out of the evil system. ANSWER : they were seen to be unloyal to the evil system. Remember the secret surveillance of zanu, the 24/7 watching eye. where are the likes of Nyagumbo? do you think he killed Himself as the state media reported ????? Mahachi?? and many more. Remember the minister who died coz of a TOYOTA cresida scandal ?? do you think it was just a mere cresida......

springboard - 13 April 2015

.......Lets not PIN these guys even to think they are getting a test of their medicine. IN Zanu U ar given instructions, if U do''nt execute them then YOU get your self EXECUTED, simple plain truth. Pitty anyone who is not in the VERY TOP TOP TOP ranks. Tell u the loyallity of mai MUJURU & others to this evil system has since been questioned long long ago. she has always had clear clean principles which did not go well with the evil doers. then 10 years later she is purged out: how (by eliminating the husband 1st then the coast was clear for her too.) 5 BIGWIGS have been dedicated to put comments on this site to turnish these guys who could not be trusted in the evil system. Please do not follow/ listen to them. 1 last thing Please TRUST those being purged out of the evil system coz they were proved useless to the system. All strories/ accusations are ZANU's cookings. .

springboard - 13 April 2015

I believe springboard has a better angle of the view. Hey springboard! have you been in the system?

whitehorse - 13 April 2015


tellmore - 13 April 2015

The revolution now eating its own children.

Danny - 14 April 2015

JB was making people feel how gukura did it guys at times ones has to taste his own medicine ,its water under the bridge

bakwena - 14 April 2015

JB was making people feel how gukura did it guys at times one has to taste his own medicine ,its water under the bridge

bakwena - 14 April 2015


Garikayi - 14 April 2015

You were there Sibanda , you know what you were doing and exactly that is going to happen. Until Mugabe die, we will suffer. Only dictators rule for 35 years and at more than 90 years. They don't rule because the are wanted by the people but because they force the people. Forcing innocent Public servants like the CIO to kill opponents in order for them to remain in power. Now I can tell you, What Mugabe is doing is because God isnow listening to the crying of his children in Zimbabwe. How many parties who does what he is doing expelling the real members of his parties because of the wihses of his wife and will succeed in any election. Mugabe does not care. His days are numbers he will die with ZANUpf, Like Banda. This is God's help to let Zimbabweans start enjoyinglife again. This is self destruction By ZANUpf.

ephraim - 14 April 2015

Can someone please help this little Jabu boy understand that he is the wrong person to tell us about Zanu PF brutality. Why was it not called brutality at the time he was the main practitioner? Can this boy please shut up and the real political warriors (Zanu PF and MDC) fight.

machakachaka - 14 April 2015

just think of the one million man march,jabulani sibanda

texas - 14 April 2015

Jabu pliz don't try to fool us. Not long ago you were part of the killings and intimidation of masses during elections. You should actually be dragged to face justice for all the atrocities you committed at the helm of the war veterans organisation.

bambo - 14 April 2015

Haiwawo, jabulani all talk no action. How do u call yourself a war vet and yet u cannot even remove a 91 yr old dictator from power!

obama4ever - 14 April 2015

Guys before we persecute this JS, lets pause and think of Saul on the road to Damascus, his sole mission was to kill and persecute, but alas he saw light along the way. Who knows JS may have met his damascuan moment and has seen light. Had he not I feel he would have gone back on his knees like SK did and ask to be pardoned. I feel we need to give him the chance and work with him, he will tell us more!!

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I hope Jabu reads all these comments

Open Eye - 14 April 2015

Jabu never terrorised people aitaura zvazviri i was there ku Masvingo hapana musi waakamanikidza munhu kuti huya ku rally kunyepa ndokuneyi

comrade - 14 April 2015

Yes, I hope he does.

Zvorwadza - 14 April 2015

You created a monster in the lab, and you are being consumed by it. Reminds me of the sci-fiction movies. I zANU baba

lodza - 14 April 2015

Isn't life strange. Only yesterday he was terrorising anyone opposed to the status quo, going so far as to organise the so called million person march - or something like that. Today ... he's a squealing martyr! Jabu, its time to join the plebs and know how it feels to be on the receiving end!

Pullman - 14 April 2015

which election did zanu last win ?

Shane Mtizwa - 15 April 2015

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