Dream all you want, Jabulani Sibanda

Jabulani Sibanda

Jabulani Sibanda

Nicole Hondo Correspondent
Recent comments by ousted former war veterans leader and Zimbabwe People First member Jabulani Sibanda have exposed the man to be a shameless, if not reckless individual prone to flights of fancy.

For those who may not be in the know, Sibanda was booted out of the war veterans leadership in 2014 for his overly inflated ego and loose mouth that saw him even denigrating the persons of President Mugabe and First Lady Amai Dr Grace Mugabe.

His was a fall from grace as he was left wandering in the wilderness with no right thinking political party or institution wanting to be associated with him.

That was of course before the “dumb brigade” that is the MDC-T briefly embraced him in their fold but the two soon parted ways. However, this was not before Sibanda had grabbed headlines, attending MDC-T rallies and selling the lie of how he was a reformed and peace loving nobody who wouldn’t hurt a fly.

It is therefore not surprising that following his dismal failure to get back at President Mugabe on the back of the MDC-T, he would now quickly latch onto the war veterans back and try to sell the same lie that he is the Robin Hood of Zimbabwe. Following the disagreements that rocked the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association, Sibanda is trying to confuse the well-meaning war veterans further in an attempt to clamour for relevance. Sensing the bitterness that might be afflicting some former freedom fighters, Sibanda has identified a come-back opportunity, this time piggy-backing on war veterans.

Quite ridiculously, the demented Sibanda vowed to make sure Zanu-PF loses in the next elections. Perhaps in Sibanda’s world, his one vote against Zanu-PF has more value during ballot counting than the millions others in support of the revolutionary party. Who knows? Anything is possible in la-la land where Sibanda appears to be a village elder.

Or maybe, more sinisterly, Sibanda has other means that he intends to employ to make sure that Zanu-PF does not win in 2018. Who doesn’t remember Sibanda’s notoriety as a terror godfather, the heinous violence he perpetrated against his rivals, soiling Zanu-PF’s name in the process. For Sibanda, violence is second nature and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him lead a wave of political violence ahead of the 2018 harmonized elections.

His is clearly an attempt to whip war veterans’ emotions against President Mugabe and Zanu-PF, a feat he has spectacularly failed to achieve in the past. Sibanda should come with a warning tag on his back, for associating with him can only lead to a deep cesspool of lies, manipulation and deceit. Indeed, all right thinking war veterans, Zanu-PF members and other interested parties would be well advised to stay clear of Sibanda and his lunatic wagon.

War veterans, that esteemed section of our society to whom everyone in this country owes their freedom, should not be swayed by Sibanda’s misleading bravado and undo the gains of their exploits during the liberation struggle. For what can an individual who only underwent minimum training and was never involved in any battle or diplomatic talks during the struggle teach them today?

Suspended Zanu-PF members like Christopher Mutsvangwa, despite the grievances, real or perceived that they may have against the President as well as the party, should not find solace or a partner in crime in the likes of Jabulani Sibanda. He should not let sour grapes override his senses to the extent of seeing Sibanda as a sane individual.

Mutsvangwa was quoted in the media celebrating the fact that Sibanda chose to meet with him over the so-called G40 faction in Zanu-PF.

He was quoted as saying: “I was sure not the first to hobnob with Sibanda, G40 rushed to cajole him against me, but kisses go by favour.” Mutsvangwa should remember the old adage that when a thief kisses you, you should count your teeth.

Likewise, when Sibanda kisses you, you should take stock of your dignity, social standing and respect in the political field as well as in Zanu-PF. Without doubt, Sibanda can rob an individual of all these with one public embrace. As time has proven over and over again, you cannot lie down with dogs and get up without fleas attached to your person.

As for Sibanda, if the fantasy that he can personally prevent Zanu-PF from winning the 2018 elections allows him to sleep better at night, then each to his own.

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  • Luke Gwizo

    Has the Herald stooped that low really? I don’t mind disagreeing with Jabulani but this name calling business in defence of this so called first family is really what gets to me. Why didn’t you expose Jabulani before he parted ways with praise singing for the Gushungo aristocracy? To me you are the demented lot honestly for the first lady hauls all sorts of insults and nothing is said. For you to be people of principle and nobility you need to maintain the same standards

  • Mazomba

    Amazing childish attempt of reverse psychology to denigrate figures once elevated and widely praised by state media as point-men in Zanu-PF electioneering strategy. By acknowledging the ruling party’s past notorious history of terror and heinous violence that continues today under the auspices of certain sectors of Zanu-PF’s Youth league, reporter Nicole Hondo simply confirms Zanu-PF remains unrepentant in repeating use of past violent methods to remain in power.

  • Roy Moyo

    The problem with this article is that the same ‘insane’ Jabulani Sibanda who Mutsvangwa is not supposed to embrace today was very sane and an angel a few years ago when he was leading ZANU PF campaigns according to the same newspaper – the Herald. The same Jabulani Sibanda, who, according to the Herald today, underwent minimum military training, was a genuine war veteran only a few years ago when he was a darling of the President and first firmly because he ensured their way to state house. All this was reported by the same Herald a few years ago. So what determines Jabulani Sibanda’s liberation war credentials? Is it what he has said about the first family or the role he played in the struggle? What should make news is what the President does for the nation as national leader and not what happens in his family. We read news about Barak Obama, Jacob Zuma, Ian Khama, Peter Wa Mutarika, and ###

  • Guy

    This report makes me sick.

  • masvukupete

    There you have it. Confirmation that Sibanda was a violent man “soiling the name of Zanu” yet the same Zanu as the ruling party in government did nothing to stop him through arrest by police.

    Jabu is peddling a lie that he has reformed into a peace loving person so Nicole says, If its a lie he has not reformed and is still violent and Zanu allowed such a violent non peace loving citizen with no military training to be the leader of their esteemed War Veterans. I suppose they only found out now that he was never trained in the first palce.

    One then wonders how many such “untrained war vets” a.k.a fake, are members of the organisation “eating” the benefits of people who died for this country. Maybe an audit needs to be done to the members to verify who indeed received too much training and those that received too little training. Maybe in that way we can then calculate their benefits through amount of training.

    Problem with pathological liars is that the lies become so entangled that nothing makes sense anymore. Yesterday Zanu was saying it does not use violence and today it blames its former leader of violence.

    Right now they must be struggling of how to make Joice’s association with Zanu mistakes and blunders her own. Damned if you damned if you dont.

  • chimugoti

    There is no reward on earth or heaven for such imprudent script.

  • chimugoti

    The truth hurts and the truth is brutal.