War vets court Jabulani Sibanda

HARARE - The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) deputy chairperson Francis Nhando has said that they have started working with Jabulani Sibanda, who was deposed and arrested for claiming that First Lady Grace Mugabe had staged a “bedroom coup”.

Nhando, who is part of the Christopher Mutsvangwa-led executive, said war veterans and Sibanda had found each other after an acrimonious relationship.

Asked if they were considering giving Sibanda a position in the executive after extending an apology to the combative war of liberation fighter, Nhando said: “No it’s not about positions, it’s about a comrade that we failed to understand. He is working with our national executive. We had a meeting with him and we communicate with him regularly. He is with us. It’s very clear that he also now appreciates that we misunderstood him.”

Sibanda was not available for comment yesterday as his mobile phone was not reachable.

The Mutsvangwa-led executive on Wednesday won a High Court case, which confirmed its leadership of the association, following a brawl with the Mandiitawepi Chimene-led group.

The current leadership has also suffered the same circumstances of persecution that Sibanda has gone through, which also led to his arrest for criticising President Robert Mugabe’s leadership.

Following the High Court ruling on Wednesday, ZNLWVA spokesperson Douglas Mahiya said the judgment would ensure that they carry out their programmes without any interference.

“The courts of the land put that position very clearly, so we are going to proceed with that. And it is understood that they wanted to act clever, by using the Constitution, which they (Chimene’s group) claimed is three years old, yet it is five years old. So what is left is for us to be dealing with anybody, who will try to disturb the operations of the association.

“We will not allow that to continue, we will not allow that to happen anymore. The association is likely to consult its members on various issues and that is the association’s business as we go ahead, because we want to understand that the war veterans, besides the welfare aspect, are also political in that they committed their only life to ensure the country’s freedom,” Mahiya said.

He said they will not allow politics to be meddled with in a direction which discredits the war veterans.

“In due course we are going to meet because there are a lot of political issues and political developments that need us to be able to speak and deliberate on. But it has been difficult for us to do that without this court order. Now that we have a court order, then it has further concretised our legitimacy, so we now continue with the forthcoming programmes. But the programme that is coming is that all war veterans will be asked to come together and agree on a position to be going along a certain political direction or not going along a certain direction.

“The political direction we are talking about is the initial political direction that we had when we were in Zambia as fighters that we agreed with our leadership and the same with those that were in Mozambique. We agreed on a particular position that we think must not be changed for as long as the constitution still spells us as the cornerstone of the party and that Zimbabwe is born out of the liberation,” he said.

Comments (6)

Ma Comrades, Wana Mukoma, you were and are still our heroes. I remember very well what was going on in the minds of the us the youth during the Sixties/ Seventies. Those of us who left the country did so VOLUNTARILY. We were offering our lives come what may in leaving Rhodesia for other countries to get trained so we could participate in liberating all Zimbabweans especially the " Povo" from the rampant discrimination and racism. "!!---Hudzwinyiriri rusarura ganda ngauchipere muno mu Zimbabwe!" Some of our comrades who had survived and partially won the battles got too comfortable and did nothing to stop the rot when the Party was being high jacked by criminally minded selfish Shefs. I feel encouraged that at last some of us /you have now realized what went wrong and know and understand what we must do to put Zimbabwe on and in the right direction again. Thank you Comrade Jabulani Sibanda. "Pamberi ne Gutsa Ruzhinji".

Sekuru Ndoronga - 29 October 2017

sekuru mataura chokwadi im a bornfree born in 88 wat ive seen is that the mother party has lost direction and bearings.Today the mother party is busy engaging in personal warfares at the expense of the peasent.It is people like you who still represent the zanu of old tyms that we are putting our hope in you

nutty dreadlock - 30 October 2017

We do not no how best we thank you for such a pivotal role and sacrifice you did for us.But let me be honest that as a born-free generation we do not have anything tangible that we can attribute to the gains of independence within 37 good years of leadership under the guise of fighting sanctions a word which is now a broken record and a scapegoat for failures on the part of the government.Graduates are churned out into an already unemployed laden environment only to find solace into the streets with a few wares to eke a living.The executive are fighting for power without a blink on the suffering lot.All we want is just an enabling environment and be supportive parents and impart the same to forthcoming generations.It is imperative that there is life for Zimbabwe after power hungry leaders who stick to party politics rather than nation rehab for a smart Zimbabwe tomorrow.

tumelani - 30 October 2017

To my fellow comrades ichi ngachive chidzidzo kana comrade atukwa tatukwa tese haikona kubatsira povo kutuka comrade ini zvangu was pained nezvakaitwa JB asi comrade ngatiende mberi torega kuramwira makudo munda

comrade tindo - 30 October 2017

Mandiitiraweti and Murara mamama.

Chipoto Vhaivhai - 31 October 2017

pamberi nekushinga tichiramba hudzvanyiriri nekutukwa nana john come lately

Tiktok - 31 October 2017

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