Sibanda taunts warring Zanu PF

BULAWAYO - Fearless former war veterans’ leader, Jabulani Sibanda, says Zanu PF knows that its days in power are numbered — adding provocatively that the brawling former liberation movement also knows that no one within its ranks can stand up and win against him in a political contest.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily News yesterday, the rabble-rouser who famously accused powerful First Lady Grace Mugabe in 2014 of having effected a “bedroom coup” at State House — a comment that he is still appearing in court for — also claimed that President Robert Mugabe had abolished the Zanu PF national chairmanship to stop him from taking over the post.

The irrepressible political dynamo also revealed more details of his alleged meeting with Mugabe’s emissaries in Harare last month, who allegedly tried to persuade him to take over from garrulous ex-combatant Christopher Mutsvangwa as war veterans leader and minister.

Sibanda — who was summarily expelled from the ruling party and as leader of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) in 2014, following his unflattering remarks on Grace — also said boastfully that he was a winner who always excelled in whatever he did.

“Everyone knows how well I performed when I was in Zanu PF and when I was leader of the war veterans,” he said, adding that this was the reason why he had held the “record” of being a provincial and national chairperson of war veterans, as well as Zanu PF provincial chairperson (for Bulawayo) at the same time.

“As you know, I was also the last person to be nominated Zanu PF national chairman at a time that I was the national chairman of the war veterans.

“Because they feared me, they abolished the position ... because no one could have stood up against me. That’s a fact,” he said.

Sibanda also reiterated claims that he turned down an offer from Mugabe for him to take over as War Veterans minister after the recent booting out of Mutsvangwa from Zanu PF.

“I was indeed invited to Harare to take over the War Veterans ministry and Mutsvangwa didn’t know anything about it. I refused for a whole night to take that position.

“I refused to undermine another war veteran. I refused to get to a position of advantage at the expense of another war veteran because that same war veteran was used to undermine the association,” he said.

Sibanda also tore into Mugabe — accusing the increasingly frail nonagenarian of betrayal and having abused war veterans over the past 36 years to stay in power.

Only last week, Sibanda said the time had come for long-suffering Zimbabweans to dump Mugabe and Zanu PF”.

Addressing journalists at the Bulawayo Press Club, the firebrand war veteran said Zanu PF had lost both direction and its mandate to serve the nation, 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, he also said 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 Zanu PF, 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.

Speaking on the recent assault of war veterans in Harare by riot police, Sibanda said the 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.

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, the ex-combatants are also now bemoaning the brutal 2014 purge of Mujuru from the ruling party 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 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 with these malicious behaviours. Zimbabwe is being run based on rumour mongers,” he thundered.

Matemadanda said the fact that 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)

Bullshit how old was Jabulani Sibanda when he went to war

iCho - 30 March 2016

While Jabulani has seen light like lightning he has to apologise for what he did in the provinces whilst he was still with ZANU PF. That man caused great fear in the provinces and the moment his name comes in people's minds they think of hiding in caves. I do not know how People First will be able to control the situation.

mbwembwe - 30 March 2016

KKKkkkkk pamakamuita (ZNLWVA) Chairman makadii kubvunza kuti paakaenda kuhondo aive nemakore mangani nhaimi Va iCho

goo - 30 March 2016

gideon gono also claimed that george bush offered him a position at the world bank,fearless my foot,everyone knows thats the main quality of an idiot,just uttering stupid things without thinking and the dailynews describes you as fearless and jabu do you even know what the term 'one centre of power' means?

truth - 30 March 2016

F%$#ng Jabu...you terorised people now you see how bad ZANU PF is?? Idiot you moron. If ever he joins ZPF I will stop campaigning for ZPF

gamuchirayi - 30 March 2016

hanzi no one cant stand against me ,dont lie to yourself you dont have any support coz of wat u dd to the masses at least Zanu pf -President Mugabe has loyal supporters just like Tsvangirai has loyal die hard supporters thats y pretenders like Simba Makoni , Welshman ,failed to gain any support ZIMBABWEAN are not political turncoats thats Y Mujuru will loose ,.U and Mujuru want to find favour frm opposition by denouncing Zanu and claiming elections were rigged if so Y dd u & Mujuru take oath of office knowing that u lost . U are a mental case its a case of sour grapes

zidane - 30 March 2016

hanzi no one can stand against me ,dont lie to yourself you dont have any support coz of wat u dd to the masses at least Zanu pf -President Mugabe has loyal supporters just like Tsvangirai has loyal die hard supporters thats y pretenders like Simba Makoni , Welshman ,failed to gain any support ZIMBABWEAN are not political turncoats thats Y Mujuru will loose ,.U and Mujuru want to find favour frm opposition by denouncing Zanu and claiming elections were rigged if so Y dd u & Mujuru take oath of office knowing that u lost . U are a mental case its a case of sour grapes

zidane - 30 March 2016

ass licker in chief kasukuwere goodmorning

matuzvi - 30 March 2016

Jabulani Sibanda is no different to Gukurahundi which he is talking about. 2008 he camped in Masvingo and his campaign in the province killed at least 150 people in Zaka, Bikita, Nyajena, Mapanzure, Jichidza. Many of these cleaned politicians watched and said nothing just like they had watched Gukurahundi. Daily News' job now is to clean him up of Masvingo blood he spilled. We will not forget what he did

Shoko - 30 March 2016

@Shoko, well said. I was in Bikita when all this happened. For Jabu, the Masvingo cleansings, were like A HIDDEN REVENGE for the Gukurahundi massacres. But only the clever can see it. Sibanda is evil and deserves all the evil which will befall him.

Icho - 31 March 2016

But then in todays newspapers he says he will always be loyal to ZPF??? And he says he will see of he will be accepted back after his suspension???? They have all sold their souls for money and power.

TruthBTold - 31 March 2016

So Jabu you now say you "freed" people? Which ones? The MDC members you were burning in 2008? or others? tell us? After 35 years of idiocy, evil and confusion now it's "people first"? Sounds to me like "people LAST"!!!

Sagitarr - 31 March 2016

Jabu is a political bitch , he is a confused full, he was imposed to lead war vets so he thinks he has the support, if its true let him contest at ward level and he will get to know and not told his fate.His hands are bleeding innocent blood , i agree with one writer who said he was revenging Gukurahundi.ICHO

Mudhara - 31 March 2016

Jabu is a political bitch , he is a confused full, he was imposed to lead war vets so he thinks he has the support, if its true let him contest at ward level and he will get to know and not told his fate.His hands are bleeding innocent blood , i agree with one writer who said he was revenging Gukurahundi.ICHO

Mudhara - 31 March 2016

To hell with Jaburani and your ZPF , we are not fools my friend . You were used and dumped by zanu pf and you now want to pretend as if people like you , if given the chance , you will re-join zanu pf , nguva ichakwana yekuti vanhu vakaita sewe nedzimwe mbwa dzezanu pf dziripire matadzo adzo. Otherwise shut up jaburani , idiot .

Mumbire - 1 April 2016

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