Three decades of brainwashing by Zanu PF apologists and propagandists has done some serious damage to many of our people; people like Jabulani Sibanda and his lick of war vets that terrorized the nation from 2000 to 2014 were so mentally damaged they could not see right from wrong. Ever since his booting out of Zanu PF together with Joice Mujuru and many others one had hoped that the forced sabbatical from politics had given him time to sober up and recover his mental faculties. Sadly the brain damage inflicted on him by the decades of Zanu PF brainwashing has been permanent, at least there is no sign of him recovering as yet.
“Sibanda said war veterans were not seeking to monopolise the country by reminding people they fought for independence. He said the war veterans were simply identifying with the idea of sovereignty and self-determination which they fought for,” reported Nehanda Radio.
“Mr Sibanda said such fundamental tenets of the liberation struggle were now under threat from certain elements with sinister agendas.”
The fundamental tenets of the liberation struggle were freedom, liberty and human rights and dignity for all Zimbabweans. President Mugabe and his Zanu PF apologists have since independence blatantly disregarded all these tenets in pursuit of their selfish agenda to establish and retain at all cost a de facto one-party dictatorship. Zanu PF has systematically denied the people their basic freedoms and rights including the right to a meaningful vote and even the right to life.
Zanu PF has brainwashed people like Sibanda into helping the party impose its no-regime-change mantra. No doubt that the 1997 $50 000 one-off grant allowance paid to all war vets, a generous pension, a farm for war vet leaders like Sibanda, etc. all helped in blinding Sibanda and his overzealous war vet to the obvious contradiction in war vets forcing the people to vote for Zanu PF and yet still pretend to up hold the principle of national “sovereignty and self-determination”.
In 2014 President Mugabe falsely accused then VP Joice Mujuru of plotting to assassinate him, amongst many other charges, as cover to justify booting her and many of her supporters including Jabulani Sibanda out of Zanu PF. The booted out members looked at President Mugabe and Zanu PF not through the tinted glass of the privileged party member but through the naked eye of ordinary Zimbabwean. One had hoped that people like Sibanda saw President Mugabe for who he is – an incompetent, corrupt and murderous tyrant. And that his no-regime-change agenda people like Sibanda had helped defend did not promote nation sovereignty and self-determination but undermined them by usurping the people’s democratic freedoms and human rights.
But listening to Sibanda it is clear he would take up his campaign of terror and intimidation of ordinary Zimbabweans from where he left it when he was booted out of Zanu PF in pursuit of the no-regime-change mantra if he was to find a new master! He fell out with Mugabe but does not see anything wrong with a de facto one-party dictatorship!
According to the Nehanda Radio report the G40 Zanu PF faction is trying to lure Sibanda and his band of war vets into their corner.
“Mr Sibanda on Thursday confirmed that certain individuals linked to G40 had approached him. Although, he declined to reveal names, he said the group was in the deep end desperately seeking the support of war veterans,” said the report.
“Mr Sibanda said as a war veteran, he dismissed the group’s overtures as “they betrayed the founding principles of the liberation struggle.”
Nonsense, Sibanda is the one who betrayed the founding principles of the liberation struggle, assuming he ever understood them in the first place. Given the right sweetener, Sibanda will jump ship.
“Yes, they are trying (to lure me) and they will be phoning even now,” said Mr Sibanda.
“They are under pressure. They are in the deep and I am not. There are some who believe that I must be holding a grievance against (Cde Chris) Mutsvangwa on how he treated me when I was chairman of the war veterans.”
Sibanda is right there; the G40 faction is in deep trouble, it was made a lot of noise but has failed to deal the Mnangagwa faction a decisive blow and time is running out. The Mnangagwa faction has not been able to hit back because President Mugabe has been protecting the G40. Everyone knows that without him G40 is nothing and the day he kicks the bucket, he is a frail old and sick man now; G40 members will in serious trouble.
The reader should is reminded that Sibanda was booted out of Zanu PF without being afforded the chance to defend himself before a disciplinary hearing after he accused Grace Mugabe of a “bedroom coup”. It is no secret that President Mugabe is a hen-pecked husband and that is why the jibe hurt Mugabe like a sword thrust. But the G40’s need to deal Team Lacoste a decisive blow is so urgent Sibanda will be forgiven if he can deliver the goods!
Beside Professor Jonathan Moyo, a leading member in G40, was himself the mastermind of the attempted 2004 Tsholotsho coup to ouster him. Mugabe forgave Moyo because he needed him to mastermind the vote rigging in 2008 and thereafter. Even if President Mugabe did not want to forgive Sibanda, he has been overruled by Grace!