Turf out Mugabe, Zanu PF: Sibanda

BULAWAYO - Firebrand former war veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda says the time has come for long-suffering Zimbabweans to dump President Robert Mugabe and his warring Zanu PF — sensationally likening the ruling party to “a house infested with lice”.

Addressing journalists at the Bulawayo Press Club on Thursday, Sibanda said Zanu PF had lost both direction and its mandate to serve the nation, further savaging the former liberation movement’s mindless bloodletting and succession wars.

“The party has lost direction. First it was the Weevils (Zanu PF Johnny-come-latelies) versus the Gamatox (former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s supporters).

“Gamatox was removed and now it is Lacoste (embattled Vice President Emmerson

Mnangagwa’s faction) versus G40 (party Young Turks opposed to Mnangagwa). Once there is no political contentment in a party that is ruling, you can see that we are moving from a disaster to a worse disaster.

“The leading personnel in Zanu PF and government are very greedy people. They will kill to maintain their positions in power. They will rob to make themselves rich at the expense of the suffering masses.

“They pretend to care when they go for elections, where they will deliver beer and other things and the youths get drunk and carry out their orders when  drunk,” Sibanda said.

Now a key member of Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First, Sibanda also said that Zanu PF now resembled “a house infested with lice”.

“It’s time we move forward and reorganise ourselves ... we need a new beginning, a new set up of things that will fight the evils that drowned this nation,” he said.

Sibanda also denounced the concentration of power in Mugabe’s office, a development that he said was detrimental to not just his party, but also the country — adding that the liberation struggle had not been about individuals, but the people of Zimbabwe.

“We are told in Zanu PF the centre of power is the president. We say that is a lie. The gallant fighters from Zipra and Zanla never fought the armed struggle so that one person becomes the centre of power.

“We fought an armed struggle with tenacity so that the people become the centre of power. The people are the centre of power because it’s the people who nominate the president.

“It’s the people that employ the president. Therefore, it’s the people that remove the president. So, the centre of power is the people,” he said.

Sibanda noted further that having leaders of political parties becoming centres of power was “one simple formula to a dictatorship and it’s not going to be allowed in future political seasons of our country”.

“Any party that has its president as the centre of power, that party will be refused by the people. It will be opposed by the people because they want to enjoy what they sacrificed,” he said.

Speaking on the recent assault of war veterans in Harare by ant-riot police, Sibanda said that unexpected development had demonstrated how “evil” the government was.

“That was one of the worst evils I have seen, but I was not surprised though because it was nothing new. The Zipra cadres that were wiped out by Gukurahundi died from shock, not bullets, because the weapons that they carried to free the country were being turned against them,” he said.

However, he said, former freedom fighters would forever be united, and those working to divide them — who he described as “factionalists” — would fail.

Sibanda has for the past two years been a thorn in the flesh of Mugabe and Zanu PF, having been expelled from the  party for claiming that there had been a “bedroom coup” at State House, as First Lady Grace Mugabe’s influence has grown.

In a sensational claim last month, Sibanda said he had turned down an offer from Mugabe to rejoin Zanu PF and to take over as War Veterans minister from the former incumbent, Christopher Mutsvangwa.

Sibanda would have been a totally unexpected appointment for the War Veterans ministry — if the claims had come to pass. Tshinga Dube has since been appointed as War Veterans minister.

Speaking to the Daily News just before Mutsvangwa was fired, Sibanda said he had refused to “betray the people of Zimbabwe” by re-joining Zanu PF, adding that he had “great respect for Mutsvangwa and war veterans” — a reason that made it impossible for him to even think about taking up the offer.

“I would never have accepted that because Zimbabweans would never forgive me. I can assure you that I will not betray the struggle. I could have taken advantage to lambast Mutsvangwa but I did not do that because I respect him, as he is a war veteran.

“I respect all war veterans and we need to work together as war veterans to save our people. We don’t need to be fighting amongst ourselves as war veterans,” Sibanda said.

ZPF spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo, corroborated the claim at the time, saying Zanu PF had indeed asked Sibanda to take over from Mutsvangwa, both as War Veterans minister and chairman of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA).

“Mugabe wanted Jabu to be minister and chairman of war veterans but he (Sibanda) had to apologise to Mugabe first, which Jabu turned down. If you want me to be specific, they invited him to discuss the offer,” he said.

In the meantime, and as Zanu PF’s deadly infighting is getting more intractable by the day, with miffed war veterans becoming increasingly critical of Mugabe, they are also now bemoaning the brutal 2014 purge from the ruling party of Mujuru on what they say were “contrived” charges.

Speaking to the Daily News recently, prominent war veteran and one of Mnangagwa’s most loyal supporters, Victor Matemadanda, said bluntly and unexpectedly that Mujuru’s ruthless purge from Zanu PF had been “a grave mistake”.

He said “that error” had allegedly opened the door for “opportunists, cultists and rumour-mongers “ to lie and manipulate their way in the warring former liberation movement — to the extent that today the party and its leaders “do not know where they are coming from or going”.

“All of us in Zanu PF then reacted to what those people were saying about Mujuru. There were a lot of allegations against Mujuru and because it was coming from high offices, we believed the allegations. But we now see these people for who they truly are,” Matemadanda said.

He added that it was not just Mujuru who had been “hard done” by the party when she was hounded out of Zanu PF on untested allegations of plotting to oust and kill Mugabe, but also all her supporters as well who had similarly been chased out of the party.

“This is why every person who worked with Mujuru is now being approached and asked to return. They (opportunists) have not proved the allegations, yet they want the people back in the party, and it makes us wonder.

“These (opportunists) are the same people who suspended (former senior Cabinet minister and politburo heavyweight) Nicholas Goche, but all of a sudden now want to work with him.

“They must apologise to the nation for soiling all these people’s names. And because of all this, one can conclude that all is not well in the party,” the aggrieved Matemadanda said, adding that it was clear that Mugabe and his wife Grace were being misled by these opportunists.

“It is now up to the First Family to disassociate themselves from these malicious behaviours. Zimbabwe is being run based on rumour mongers,” he thundered.

Matemadanda said the fact that former war veterans leader Sibanda had been approached to become minister responsible for the former freedom fighters welfare, before he had been exonerated on the untested charges that his Zanu PF enemies had brought against him, showed that their allegations were baseless in the first place.

“They may think that they have fired us (from Zanu PF, and as leaders of war veterans), but they don’t have the capacity. No one holds the title deeds of the party. We didn’t go to war to follow anyone. We went to war to free Zimbabwe, we won the freedom and now must enjoy the fruits,” he said.

 

Comments (17)

unotooona vanhu vane party itsva ichiri kutoda kushambadzwa pachayo vachiti sika nebato ratinoziva tese kuty rakapera basa karekare.zvnoratidza kut ivo sebato havasat varumuka muZanu PF tiudzei zvakaita bato renyu.......why lament about the lack of direction in Zanu PF lyk ndeyenyu ......tsvagai mabasa

gnomic - 26 March 2016

Whatever Jabulani Sibanda and the other war veterans are saying it is too late. When Tsvangirai and all the other right minded people thought of forming MDC you were all saying it is a British supported party. In ZANU PF there are people who always believe and think whatever is said by their leaders is correct. If war veterans had not been disturbing and killing MDC supporters Zimbabwe would have been at a better position in the continent in terms of development. Lets hope at last you have seen the rightful direction. Any person who thinks something different from ZANU PF leaders is said to be an enemy. So how can we grow just following few individuals' ideologies.

GMO - 26 March 2016

Grapes are sour. So Jabu you have now awakened from the fact that Zanu-PF is a spent force. What will the people you harassed in Masvingo province of late think when you go back to them condemning the party you were fighting for and start promoting this other one. Please dont confuse us .Taneta.

Chinja - 26 March 2016

the reason why Zimbabwe is this situation is because an average Zimbabwean doesn't want the truth. below are some of the truths that people routinely circumvent: 1. rwavhi gukurahundi Mugabe committed genocide in Zimbabwe mainly the gukurahundi atrocities of the 1980s. this is the reason why he doesn't want to vacate the throne because he knows that he will be arrested. this has nothing to do with his marriage to grace is this come well after he had committed the crimes. 2. grace is a useless slut who left her marriage to get married to rwavhi because of pecuniary gains. 3. joice mujuru was the main driver of corruption in zanu with her late hubby rex. she owns a number of farms, mine and buildings around the country. she has no positive contribution to make to the country given her horrendous performance in govt for the past 35 years. she is a liar who wants us to believe that she always had differences with Mugabe yet she begged him to stay on the eve of her official cashiering. the fact that on top of her priorities is the chasing of solo's killers shows that she is in it for her own benefit and not for national benefit. tsvangirayi lost his wife in dodgy circumstances but never has he said that he wants to avenge that. also, joice consistently said that she has no ambition to become president now she is lying that people requested her to be president. the day we learnt to accept and tell the truth, our country and ourselves shall be liberated!!! VIVA SAVE 2018 VIVA!!!

josphat mugadzaweta - 26 March 2016

More truth: the most fruitful years we've had in the last 3 decades, where the GNU years...

Nyurusi fc - 26 March 2016

The truth will always find a way of coming out. Jabulani, like many other former insiders, know pretty well how Zanu PF has been and continues to manipulate the youths to their advantage, through money, beer, drugs and intimidation. These are the very people who can help make a difference in Zimbabwe if they continue with this trend of bravery. They know the system and they are tired of the system. Let us give them a chance to change the fortunes of many. To my dear war veterans, PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW THE MURDERING, THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE TORTURE AND THE INTIMIDATION OF FELLOW CITIZENS ON ACCOUNT OF THEM HOLDING A DIFFERENT VIEW POINT, POLITICALLY OR OTHER WISE. YOU WENT TO WAR, AMONG OTHER REASONS, TO FOSTER FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN ZIMBABWE. ZVINO KANA TOITA WITNESS KUTSAKATIKA KWE HAMA MU ZIMBABWE YATINOTI TAKARWIRA, UUUUHHHH. ITS A SHAME. MUKASUNGANA IPAPO, PAKUSACHATEURA ROPA, WE WILL START SAYING YOU HAVE BECOME MORE THAN JUST HEROES. YOU WILL HAVE BROUGHT US TRUE PEACE IN ZIMBABWE. REMEMBER THAT THE LAND ISSUE IS NOT REVERSIBLE NO MATTER WHO COMES INTO POWER. THAT GRAVE UNEVEN DISTRIBUTION OF LAND CAN NEVER BE REVERSED. CHASARA NDECHEKUTI VANAYO MINDA NGAVASAGARIRA MAOKO UYE NGAVATSIGIRWE VASHANDE ZIMBABWE IBUDIRIRE. MUSATEERERA MHEMA DZINEYI NE RE-COLONISATION. HAPANA ZVAKADARO ZVOKUTI MINDA ICHATORWA ICHIDZORERWA KUVARUNGU. NADHA!!!!

Icho - 26 March 2016

At least zanu pf is succeding in killing itself...we are tired of these dull idiots (the zhuawoes & kasukuwes)

Benito - 26 March 2016

People come to their senses as soon as they get booted from Zanu-PF. Who can believe what we hear from this guy is from a Zanoid thrown out of the gravy train. These are definite signs of the end of Mugabe`s era. One way zvechokwadi. At last we getting closer to reclaiming our dignity as Zimbabweans when the foreign ghost Bob is either deserted by his cronies or six feet underground at their heroes acre.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 26 March 2016

I await eagerly JB's autobio hoping he will spill the beans on himself. The people will never forget his evil deeds in his job to keep RG I power.

abri - 26 March 2016

u guys if u realy want change y dont u join MDC STILL muchazongotinetsa mapinda hatichadi???

lapa - 27 March 2016

shut up JB,i can only feel sorry for those idiotic enough to give you a platform

truth - 27 March 2016

Chotoda i development. And that may not happen when the country is in the hands of the current Zanu PF full of alleged thieves and murderers. People should cross floors to join other parties like happened in Kenya. War vets should be loyal to Zimbabwe & its people and NOT to Zanu PF. If some of them can form a Political Party let them do so. All we yearn for is true freedom in Zimbabwe. The current MDC without some liberation flavor may not be quite appealing in the current situation. It may have then [2008] but rural folks have learnt it the hard way. THEY ARE AFRAID AND THEY DO NOT WANT A REPEAT OF MASS MURDERS AND DISAPPEARANCES etc. Hence the need for flavoring for reassurance. The ARMY MUST GET OUT OF POLITICS AND PROTECT ALL THE PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE AND NOT JUST ZANU PF. ZANU PF AS IT IS, IS A SPENT FORCE. People like it not, even those within it are tired of it, but they, the shefs use REPRESSION to hold onto power. SAD INDEED. BUT HAPANA CHISINGAPERI. UYE MUCHACHEMBERA CHETE AND THE LAW WILL BE AFTER YOU. MHOSWA HAYIROVI.

Icho - 27 March 2016

Belated as it were Jubulani is right but must be precise. Cdes did not go to war to replace the Smith Regime Dictatorship with a black dictatorship. Nobody among cdes fought the war to make Mugabe one centre of power. Mugabe has usurped power to rule alone assisted by his wife and his G40 stooges. Mugabe has sold out the struggle and is only serving his family's interests and enriching himselves and his allies at the expense of the masses. We hope cdes at their 7th April 2016 meeting will tell their patron, is his face, to retire from active politics. They should tell their patron to keep Grace out of Govt activities and concentrate on charity work and leave politics to politicians. Its probably too much to expect War Vets to say so after all they are all Mugabe's wives as Cde Dongo said.

Cde Hondo - 27 March 2016

Have no sympathy for zanu and all its former thugs. There are all self-centered greedy thugs who don't deserve our attention.

Gone - 27 March 2016

To show that you have repented first go and play for hotel rooms and lodges and food u refused to pay for when u were campaigning , apologise to your victims ,thats a first step to show that u are sane .u destroyed many lives in many provinces including masvingo ' President Mugabe is n record saying he ddnt send anyone meaning u wer doing that coz there was power , allowances ,cars etc ,if u wer not chased away frm ZANU PF will u be saying that today

zidane - 29 March 2016

Everyone who has been in zanu is a killer. Zimbabweans the country need direction not a leader. I feel we need a government that is partnership led. We need a round table candidates from different backgrounds to sit and work together to bring peace. How can one listen to kasuwere, he never has power cut or sewage in his neighbourhood. On the round table, we need different people who are the voice of people. A doc, policeman, vendor,pastor, teacher, cross border, prostitute, farmer, student, single parent ,lawyer, athelet, mupostori, etc- just as an example. We don't need a successor. We need food. Why do people of zimbabwe call 'amai' or 'baba' to Mugabe and wife.Please these people were supposed to work for us not killing us. We are a rich country but zanu has stooped us very low.Enough is enough, let they play their politics sleeping guarded with soldiers on arms. But whether they sleeps peaceful who cares. How many of us can afford 3 meals a day, and peace. All ministers have 10 farms each, many houses in low density, they feed at 5star hotel, driver plus motorcade, children free education- any choice of country. Ask yourself why Bona did not get that qualification through zim, cause her beloved parents knows that standards have gone down. Why not work to repair our country. Today closing companies, unemployment 100%, tipei maserious.

Nehanda Kaguvi - 1 April 2016

Post a comment

Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
- Editor

Your email address will not be shared.
 
Enter the three characters from the image on the right. This helps prevent automated 'bots' from submitting spam to the site. This field is NOT case-sensitive. If the characters are a bit hard to see, try refreshing the code by clicking the image.