War veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda has equated Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to “a fly” that could “easily be eliminated” from the political scene if need be, as the Premier did not have the power to rule Zimbabwe.
Sibanda reportedly made the remarks while addressing hundreds of villagers at Mashoko business centre in Bikita West in Masvingo at the weekend where he is allegedly terrorising villagers with the help of a group of war veterans and Zanu-PF activists.
Zaka Central MP Harrison Mudzuri said the statements by Sibanda were worrying, coming at a time when several MDC-T legislators have been involved in suspicious “accidents”.
Sibanda addressed the rally unaware that two MDC-T MPs — Mudzuri and Masvingo Central MP Jefferson Chitando — were among the crowd.
The war veterans’ leader is alleged to have equated Tsvangirai to a fly saying that the Premier could be easily “eliminated” from the country’s political landscape.
“Tsvangirai is just like a fly in a kombi or a bus. The fly can sit on the driver’s seat but that does not make it the one in charge of the bus. He (Tsvangirai)can be eliminated in the political set-up anytime and life will go on,” Sibanda is quoted as telling villagers at the rally.
“Nhunzi unogona kuipwanyira pahwindo inobva yafa.(You can kill a fly by simply swatting it against a window),” Sibanda allegedly said in reference to PM Tsvangirai.
Mudzuri told NewsDay that the statements by Sibanda could be interpreted to mean that Tsvangirai is taken as an ineffectual partner in the inclusive government despite the country’s three main political parties agreeing to work together.
Efforts to get a comment from Sibanda yesterday were fruitless as his mobile phone was out of reach.
However, Chitando said Sibanda’s comments should be taken seriously as there is a sinister meaning behind them.
Sibanda told villagers in Bikita that MDC-T should be punished for calling for targeted sanctions on
Sibanda’s comments have raised suspicion of a planned plot on PM Tsvangirai and comes a few days after Home Affairs co-minister Theresa Makone’s official Mercedes Benz was rammed into just outside Bulawayo on Friday in a mysterious mishap.
She could owe her life to the fact that she was not in the chauffeur-driven vehicle at the time. MDC-T suspect it could have been an attempt on her life.
MDC-T spokesperson Nelson Chamisa said the pattern and trend of accidents involving senior party members has become a cause for concern to the party.
Chamisa urged police to conduct thorough investigations on all accidents and incidents involving MDC-T officials, as these were not just mere accidents.
“A case in point, which is still being investigated, is that of Mrs Susan Tsvangirai and another involving minister (Tendai) Biti. At some point, they cease to be mere accidents. We demand a thorough investigation,” Chamisa said.
Finance minister Biti was in March this year hospitalised after his car was involved in a collision with a lorry in Chegutu.
PM Tsvangirai’s wife Susan was killed in a car crash in March last year.
Chamisa yesterday said Sibanda’s comments were disturbing and MDC-T would soon engage both the national leadership and the war veterans over the matter.
“We are going to take the matter up with the leadership of the country to ensure that our people remain free. Sibanda has become anti-revolutionary. He has turned into a crocodile and is devouring the people that he once fought for,” he said.
Chamisa said the people were being denied the right to choose who they want to govern them and this goes against the dictates of democracy and the crafting of a new constitution that is underway.
Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Oliver Mandipaka said police were yet to receive a report to that effect and would only take action once they have assessed the report.
“We have not yet received the alleged threats of violence during the Copac outreach consultation process. Even the burning of houses that has been reported in the province has not come to our attention. We are still waiting for the report,” Mandipaka said.