It’s a circus: JB Sibanda

“Most of the policies in Zanu PF are good, but they have been betrayed and made to serve the few and these are the core issues why they are purging me.” Jabulani Sibanda

DEPOSED war veterans leader, Jabulani Sibanda, has described fresh divisions rocking the association of ex fighters as child’s play and a circus he would not want to be involved in, amid claims a faction loyal to him was planning a separate congress.


The Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association reportedly suspended its constitution in preparation for setting up new provincial structures, but Sibanda questioned this move, describing it as child’s play.

“I do not know that and I cannot talk to you over such child’s play issues happening there, especially when I am talking to you Southern Eye,” he said.

“But there are some people in that faction who are saying they have suspended the war veterans’ constitution and they want to build provincial structures.

“I cannot talk about that much, just find out from them, I will talk to you on serious issues because this is child’s play.”

 Christopher Mutsvangwa
Christopher Mutsvangwa

Sibanda’s comments come in the wake of reports that a faction loyal to him was planning to hold a counter war veterans’ congress, as they did not recognise the one that elected Christopher Mutsvangwa to the helm of the ex-fighters’ body. Some war veterans are reportedly displeased with a structure known as the war vets elders, which emerged on the eve of Zanu PF’s congress early last month.

However, Sibanda claimed he was unaware of these developments, insisting that everything happening in the war veterans’ body did not warrant his attention. He distanced himself from what was happening in the former fighters’ association, saying he would not resort to talking about such issues, but would concentrate on matters of substance concerning nation building.

While Mutsvangwa was uncontested for the war veterans’ post, there were murmurs of disapproval from a number of former liberation fighters, who were also eyeing the position, but pulled out for as yet unexplained reasons.

Former Zanu PF spokesman, Rugare Gumbo, was reported to be one of the brains behind the new congress, which is slated for either February or March, but could not be drawn to comment on the matter.

Former Zanu PF spokesman, Rugare Gumbo,
Former Zanu PF spokesman, Rugare Gumbo,

“I am in a meeting and I cannot comment on that,” he said, before switching off his mobile phone.

A war veteran who claimed to be in the know and was one of the organisers of the meeting, claimed they had met ousted Vice-President Joice Mujuru, Gumbo and former Zanu PF secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa.

He claimed Mutasa was in the country, although they did not want this to be known.

However, a phone call to Mutasa last week revealed he was in India, nursing his wife, while the State media was forced to retract as story claiming the former minister was in the country.

The war veteran was evasive when asked what they had discussed with the former top Zanu PF leaders.

Sibanda was last year arrested for saying he would oppose a “bedroom or boardroom coup”, in remarks largely seen as opposing First Lady Grace Mugabe’s rise to lead the Zanu PF women’s league.

He was expelled from the party, the second time in 10 years, with Zanu PF making strong resolutions against him at its congress.

Strenuous efforts to get a comment from Mutsvangwa were fruitless last night, as his mobile phone was unavailable and messages to his phone remained undelivered.


  1. Jabulani Sibanda says he is “concentrate on matters of substance concerning nation building”! What a laugh! What does a thug like him know about nation building? He is just a mindless thug who was used by Mugabe to do the dirty work of terrorising and murdering people to deny the people their basic right to a meaningful say in the governance of the country. Sibanda was a will-ing tool in the tyrant’s hands that has helped keep in power this corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship. Where is the “nation building” in being a willing tool in a tyrannical regime that is destroying everything in the country including human lives?

    After using and abusing Sibanda; Mugabe has discarded him like used tissue, just as the tyrant has done with thousands other mindless thugs before him. Ever since his expulsion from the party Sibanda has for once gone around with his tail between his legs fearful of what Mugabe would do to him, he knows just how ruthless the tyrant is.

    Sibanda breaking into cold sweat each time he hears a dog barking; the “bedroom coup” jab winded Mugabe because it true and the tyrant will seize an excuse he can to hit back! Sibanda is not concentrating on anything, other than making sure he does not cross swords with Mugabe ever again and hope the tyrant will forget him.

    Jabulani Sibanda “concentrating on nation building” my a**e; the thugs is now scared of his own shadow! His days of travelling up and down the country terrorizing people are over, he is the one now living in fear!

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