Jabulani Sibanda booted out

War veterans elders Cdes George Mlala (left), Patrick Nyaruwata and Victor Matemadanda announce the expulsion of Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association leader Cde Jabulani Sibanda at a Press conference in Harare yesterday

War veterans elders Cdes George Mlala (left), Patrick Nyaruwata and Victor Matemadanda announce the expulsion of Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association leader Cde Jabulani Sibanda at a Press conference in Harare yesterday

Lloyd Gumbo and Susan Nyabunze
Elders of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association have expelled outspoken war veterans’ chairperson Jabulani Sibanda with immediate effect for alleged indiscipline.

They immediately announced the constitution of a 14-member team that will take over preparations for an elective congress to be held in Harare on the 15th of this month, where Cde Sibanda is expected to be replaced.

The team would be composed of officials from all the country’s 10 provinces.

It also emerged that despite his pretensions, Cde Sibanda joined the liberation struggle during his adolescence towards the end of 1978 amid indications that he only trained, but was never at the war front.

The elders said they created the war veterans association, as such they had the mandate to intervene when office bearers deviated from core values and their mandate.

The elders’ information secretary, Cde Victor Matemadanda, who read the statement in the presence of other war veterans, disowned the “wayward and corrupt leadership of Cde Sibanda”.

They accused Cde Sibanda of various transgressions among them disrespecting President Mugabe who is patron of the war veterans association and First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe by implying that they had initiated “a bedroom coup on Vice President Joice Mujuru.

“Criminally insulting the President and First Lady by suggesting that the President would institute a coup on a junior official of the party.

“Threatening to march into the State House in a manner similar to the infamous (MDC-T leader Mr Morgan) Tsvangirai planned march whose purpose was to illegally remove a popularly elected President and Government. Kureva kuti mwana anga apindwa ne demon revauyi. Vavuyi vakagara pana Tsvangirai vakati Tsvangirai iwe unomarcha kuenda ku State House. Zvino Tsvangirai mweya wevarungu, but kana wapinda mune munhu anga achinzi ndewe revolution yava mhosva.

“Suggesting that if his wishes are not met, he would take treasonous action against the President and First Family because as he said he is a guerilla cannot be tolerated,” said Cde Matemadanda.

The elders said Cde Sibanda also erred by suggesting that VP Mujuru was being prosecuted for the sins committed by her late husband, Defence Forces Commander, General Solomon Mujuru.

They demanded that Cde Sibanda substantiate his claims.

They also accused him of seeking to frustrate Amai Mugabe’s’ “Meet the People Tours” by discouraging people from attending the rallies yet they were official party programmes.

“Working hand in glove with counter-revolutionary members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police to stop the transportation of war veterans and Zanu-PF supporters in various parts of the country to their meeting with the First Lady at her Mazowe Orphanage on the 23rd of October, 2014 and to the meeting with the President on the 30th of October, 2014,” said Cde Matemadanda.

They also accused Cde Sibanda of dereliction of duty during his chairmanship, a development that led to the association being dysfunctional, causing the impoverishment of war veterans and a myriad of other worrisome problems.

“Because of this behaviour, we, the vanguard elders of the Zimbabwe Liberation War Veterans Association, resolve as follows;

“That we completely disown Jabulani Sibanda as the chairman of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association.

“That Jabulani Sibanda is no longer in good standing as the chairperson of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association, as he has betrayed the Zanu-PF party and the war veterans. Like Judas in the Bible, he has sold the revolution for a few shekels. He has failed to live up to the expectations of his training as a liberation war cadre and has turned out to be a spoilt brat who is completely disrespectful of his elders,” said the elders.

They also said President Mugabe should stamp his authority to appoint two Vice Presidents of the party and all other politburo members at the forthcoming Zanu-PF congress.

The President, they said, should appoint a politburo that portrays a revolutionary stance by incorporating “war veterans and progressive comrades who embrace the true ethos of our liberation struggle”.

They said having two centres of power within the party was retrogressive, as such that must be terminated forthwith.

Any person who has perpetrated the ills that the First Lady has spoken against including corruption, factionalism, vote-buying and attempts to push President Mugabe out should not be appointed to the politburo and Government.

Bulawayo and Masvingo elders, Comrades George Mlala and Francis Zimuto (who was in the Zipra High Command) respectively, said Cde Sibanda joined the liberation struggle towards the end of 1978.

President had no kind words for Cde Sibanda when he addressed hundreds of party supporters who demanded the ouster of VP Mujuru on Thursday describing Sibanda as being possessed by Beelzebub ( a contemporary name for the devil).

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  • zvichapera

    The revolution eats its “children”. They had him , fake as he is, because it suited their purposes and now that they have used him, he is expendable.

    That is the ZANU PF leadership way, how they treat their own and the rest of Zimbabweans who were used to get them into the seats of power but who they have forgotten in their drive to enrich themselves and their families.

  • mdhara

    Adzingirwa chokwadi mazoona kuti haana kuenda kuhondo nhasi here?

  • vamoose_mujuru

    Mai mujuru must resign at least if she cares for those who supported her. She is going down with the rest of her people. A good leader and or captain will go down alone not with your supporters as she is doing. Resign otherwise all your supporters mutasa gumbo chihuri will fo the way of mliswa gwanetsa and jabulani

    • gutter poet

      Resign and do what?

      • freedom_fighter

        She stole enough she will be fine if she resigns but if she fights it she will end up kuchikuruni where she has sent others

    • freedom_fighter

      That is true mai ngavaende ava, she stole enough

  • petros magomazi

    Nonsense

  • JAMESMUGABE

    ha ha ha ha …… the rats are eating one another

  • http://www.mabhunumuchamama.com rasta_pasta

    Going for small fish

  • Nathan

    Zanu chiororo….Jabulani do you remember what I told you when you were gallivanting the countryside and terrorizing the povo. Zanu haina mugoni !!!

  • Bobbie

    Does this mean that if a person was never at the front then he is not a bona fide war vet because a certain patron was never at the war front. He just trained like Jabu.These clowns were the same clowns that went all out to convince us that Jabu was a real war vet.

    • zaburoni

      only 11 players get to play in a 23 man warriors squad…the fact that he didnt fight doesnt mean he doesnt get the bronze medal……

  • Jones Musara

    i saw it coming, warned Sibanda but he didnt listen.

  • Kash Mani

    Ahh , so 1man decides to stand up for mai mujuru and his disowned ? Kiki party is getting started !

  • Maphosa

    Cry the beloved country. People should keep their eyes on the ball (Mugabe and his wife)

  • dziva

    Same reason why the real Zanu comrades fought for against Smith, why Mbuya nehanda was jailed, Mandela spent 27 years in prison ; holding onto what you believe is true, heroes like Sibanda are rare like Pink diamonds!

  • Twoboy

    Indiscipline of telling the truth

  • Njube

    Pakanganisika maElders you do not just judge before you talk to Jabulani. Nemi futi maEdlers you have been expelled from the party

  • Mkono

    They were not grateful for all they have benefited from Mugabe’s reign so they deserve to be pushed aside so others who appreciate can get a chance

    • Wayfarer

      Get a chance to do what, loot?

  • Jairosi

    “We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.”

    Michelle Obama

  • zvichapera

    My point exactly and the rest of us gullible fools were used to pave the way with our sacrifices for them to pillage at will and amass wealth for themselves. That is more than sacrificing a few; that is sacrificing the future of the nation to serve the interests of a few.

  • maxwell patriot

    now that jabu is speaking against the frst family,he is being exposed bt when he worked for the benefit of the party it was nevr mentioned y do zanu want to take people of zimbabwe fo granted…….tichaona kwazvinogumira

  • gloria

    ini ndabuda shine apa kkkkk ne doctorate yangu

  • matshobane

    Booting out someone for telling the truth.Completely diabolical

  • maita

    Expendables it reminds me of Rambo 2 when he was asked why him He replied ” because I am expendable.

  • petr

    Elders! Don’t make me laugh my lungs out.

  • Nhamo

    MAKUSAKATARA ………I think you are one of the agend thieves employed by thes long serving cadres.You tell me that you are blind to the truth revealed by Jabulan?Do you see and hear properly or you need some therapists to sort out you?I am confused.

  • Nhamo

    so u are sure that all looters in yr party i guess still together are better than Jabu?YOU need a healthy attension you are confused I TOLD YOU.

  • Nhamo

    UCHAFA NENHAMO.YOU ARE ILL I GUESS.

  • Common Sense

    It might just be me, but this looks simply like the Amai Mugabe camp have told the ‘Elders’ what to do… this has nothing to do with their own values or rules….

    Sibanda only responded to ridiculous provocations, and wasn’t rude…

    A childish and transparent Agenda engineered by the first family, and you think we can’t see it? Your bubble is about to burst

  • Collin

    Saka it is only today that he is seen as not being a true war vet, that he was only trained, but was not at the war front, nhai??? All this time/years ago he was indeed a true war vet hanti??? Apa the very same guys were given the Zim$50,000 war vets pay-outs as compensation, or are they still benefiting?