‘JB’ Sibanda under fire for failure to attend First Lady’s rallies

Jabulani Sibanda

Jabulani Sibanda

Harare Bureau
ZIMBABWE National Liberation War Veterans’ Association chairperson Cde Jabulani Sibanda has come under fire from fellow comrades who accused him of faking allegiance to President Mugabe after he failed to attend even one of First Lady Cde Grace Mugabe’s highly subscribed 10 “Meet the People” rallies countrywide.
Cde Sibanda was conspicuous by his absence even from the three rallies held in Matabeleland North, South and Bulawayo provinces.
He told our Harare Bureau yesterday that he had his Zim-Asset programmes in universities and colleges that were running parallel with the First Lady’s rallies. Ironically the First Lady was quite scathing on the programmes that saw some party officials claim to be explaining Zim-Asset in the provinces to mask their factional activities.

Cde Sibanda said he had his programme in universities and colleges known as the African Liberation Identity and Indigenisation in the Zimbabwean context which he rolled out before the First Lady’s rallies.

He said other programmes in the country should not stop because the First Lady is having rallies.
“Did you hear the First Lady complaining about my absence at her rallies? I was busy doing my programmes in colleges and universities and these are also party programmes. With this programme I’ve to follow the calendar of the colleges as and when they’re free with their students.”

Cde Sibanda said he did not even attend President Mugabe’s rallies during last year’s harmonised elections and queried why it was now an issue.

He said the party was aware of what he was doing, adding that his programmes complemented party programmes.
War veterans who spoke to our Harare Bureau yesterday rapped Cde Sibanda saying his behaviour smacked of appalling hypocrisy.

Former ZNLWVA national chairman Cde Patrick Nyaruwata said they were disappointed by the uncouth behaviour displayed by Cde Sibanda and would be seized with the matter.

“You can’t say I love the husband and not the wife,” he said.
“The wife of the President cannot be separated from the President. As war veterans we were supposed to be with the First Lady. We don’t expect such behaviour towards the First Lady because the President is our patron.

“We’re expected to be seen supporting programmes of the First Family. The training that we got during the liberation war is that we should respect our leaders.”

Cde Nyaruwata said he was a senior liberation war fighter and would not tolerate such behaviour.
“We’re senior war veterans and don’t expect youngsters to behave like that,” he said.

“As war veterans we’re very disappointed about that.”
Outspoken war veteran and Buhera South legislator Cde Joseph Chinotimba said it was unheard of that a chairman of ZNLWVA could afford not to attend such meetings without even giving reasons.

“That never happened during my tenure,” he said.
“He (Cde Sibanda) is moving around talking rubbish instead of advancing the cause of war veterans. He’s known for commenting on anything about President Mugabe and Zanu-PF and now I can’t even comprehend why he’s this quiet.”

Cde Chinotimba said it was unfortunate that of all the organisations affiliated to Zanu-PF, it was only the ZNLWVA that had not publicly endorsed the First Lady.

He said Cde Sibanda was pushing for the formation of the War Veterans League — an equivalent of the Zanu-PF Women and Youth Leagues yet he was not respecting the leaders of the party.

“Amai Mugabe is our mother and now I hear some people are saying that they were angered by her speech but I say she’s our mother and we should not challenge her.

“If you were doing what she said then you’ve to stop it forthwith and I must say as war veterans we’re fully behind Amai Mugabe.”
Zimbabwe National Liberation War Collaborators’ Association chairperson Cde Pupurai Togarepi whose organisation came up with initiative to elevate the First Lady said one person cannot sway the thinking of all the freedom fighters and the party.

“We’re not concerned with one person,” he said.
“If there’s any freedom fighter that’s not happy with our decision, that person can’t change the direction of the revolution.”

Cde Togarepi said he could not speak on behalf of Cde Sibanda, adding that he might have his reasons for failing to attend the First Lady’s rallies.

The Zimbabwe Ex-Political Prisoners, Detainees and Restrictees’ Association (Zeppdra) chairman Cde Panganai Kuretu said he could not speak on behalf of another organisation.

“I can’t comment on that,” he said. “I can’t speak on behalf of another organisation.”
Other speakers who spoke to our Harare Bureau said Cde Sibanda had even failed to step up to the plate when the principles he claimed to espouse as war veterans leader were being trashed by some Zanu-PF leaders leaving Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa to intervene where a war veterans leader should have.


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  • max moyo

    Sezingawe mfanekhaya. Be careful, kuyafiwa lonyaka.

  • Stivini_Jeradi

    Why should JB waste his precious time following a clueless woman everywhere instead of hastling for his family?he is the leader of “war veterans” not a “Dr Grace Foundation”, and be mindful that not all war vets are in ZANU.

  • Bongani Dlamini

    The shoe is on the other foot. Watch your back baba. Not long ago you were threatening people who wanted to protest against government for failure to arrest economic decline and we all thought you are an all round blue eyed boy. Now umhlangano wonke is on your case. Lets both pray , sithandaze JB , sitshaye idolo phansi JB that we not gonna be hearing from them soon that you are in fact not a war vet and so on. These games can get dirty bhudi wam.

  • MehlokaMthwakazi

    This JB is stabbing himself , he must be very careful about the way he barks all the time , he is too much acting as a good man for ZANU PF but unfortunately he doesn’t action and show the reasons of being so noisy all the time , talking is so easy for him , thats exactly what puts him on the spotlight , and those who always listens to his now imitations and vocal expressions expected him to embrace the First Lady , unfortunately he didn’t do so and he must be eaten alive by ZANU PF , i once labelled him a manipulator , i think i was not wrong .
    ZANU PF is weaker also , i am not expecting their members to act as if they are held at captive by JB , he failed to attend simple because he had been acting as if he is loyal to ZANU PF, now he is proved wrong , then he must be kicked out , JB is ZAPU man , you can dispute it but that is really , liNdebele lakithi leli , liyabhayiza nje .
    JB must let Tsvangirai do the demonstration , thats the way forward .

  • Stivini_Jeradi

    The point is simple,JB should do whatever he likes whenever he likes.i never said i support him for backing Mgabe and if you bothered to read the report,you’ll notice that JB himself said he didn’t even attend Mgabe’s rallies coming to the Nikuv elections.if that’s the case then why is his failure to attend The Dr’s street theatre shows an issue?

  • MehlokaMthwakazi

    Ya- Let my blood pressure be as higher as possible -this Ndebele man , infact my neighbour has forgotten where we come from , ZANU manipulated Nkomo /ZAPU and forced him to sign the unity accord , JB was one of the so called dissidents by ZANU , now all along he had been on top of the tall trees talking good about ZANU PF , good that they are now bringing him down to the ground , he never attended Mugabe’s rallies , now he never attended Grace ‘s rallies , then why is he acting so loyal to ZANU Pf????? just making noise to us .

  • MehlokaMthwakazi

    IRabitshi yini wena manukelana??? Mr Facts , have facts .

  • Seles

    Ah! Sometimes it is certainly a blessing that we do not know each other ngoba lapha bengithola impama evela kuMehlo mina ngingazi lutho. Undoda wakhona kaxolisi ukuthi ungihlambazile ngizithulele. Mina ngafundiswa ukuhlonipha umuntu wonke. Ngingathi ngile Bp yebosso nangu umuntu uyangisukela. Kanti yini?

  • MehlokaMthwakazi

    1 Ngiyabonga ukuxolelwa .
    2 Yeyi yeyi no comment on your remarks , JB is scapegoating , what about attending the rallies of his leader Mugabe ??? JB is having such a deviant behaviour to ZANU PF , i am not ready to applaud his excuses , he must close his mouth .

  • Yizo-yizo

    That’s Jotham for you. One time,(9 hours ago) you were being praised by him. Then he becomes very vulgar angathi use Bf Soweto stand. Angazi ukuthi umuntu wakithi unjani. Kuye inhlamba iyahululwa nje and I hope kakabi ngumzali. SIYAKUCELA BABA jOTHAM UHLONIPHE WONKE UZULU OBALA AMACOMMENTS ETHU. PLEASE.

  • Jotham

    Those are simply your perceptions my friend.