Copac co-chairperson (Zanu PF) Paul Mangwana says there is nothing Copac can do to stop Jabulani Sibanda’s terror campaign because the war veterans’ association which he leads is an autonomous body.
Mangwana said this on the sidelines of the launch of the Copac website in Harare on Tuesday.
His statement contradicts earlier reports attributed to Copac where the constitutional select committee claimed it had worked out a plan to clip Sibanda’s wings.
Sibanda allegedly disrupted Copac meetings after members accused him of unleashing terror in the villages, threatening villagers against saying anything anti-Zanu PF during outreach meetings.
He, however, dismissed as a non-event reports of violence in Bikita West where Sibanda reportedly set up base in his violent campaign.
“There are no such cases of violence. We sent our team to Masvingo to investigate and we found out that it was a politicised domestic violence case. The house was burnt as a result of a domestic fight,” he said.
“Sibanda was carrying out his own war veterans’ business and we have no power over that as the national war veterans’ association is an independent body that has a constitutional mandate different from Copac,” he said.
Pressed on whether Sibanda’s violent actions would not affect Copac operations, Mangwana remained adamant the war veterans’ leader was innocent, insisting Sibanda was simply holding his own meetings that would not affect the constitution-making process.
While Mangwana downplayed reports of violence, his co-chairperson in Copac, Douglas Mwonzora (MDC-T) said cases of intimidation were rampant in most rural areas.
Mwonzora said he had raised concerns with Mangwana and was assured that Zanu-PF would work to stop the war veteran.