WAR veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda will this month descend on rural Matabeleland for what he termed a continuation of a revolution against the MDCs, accusing the parties of spearheading Satanism.
Report by Nqobani Ndlovu
Sibanda says he is also going to launch a “10 million vote for Zanu PF crusade”.
The combative war veterans’ leader on Wednesday told NewsDay that he is rounding up Zanu PF campaigns in Mashonaland before descending on rural Matabeleland at the end of
the month to continue with his revolution.
“This is a continuation of the revolution to make our people understand what our people went through during the liberation struggle, what they have achieved and what we would have wanted to achieve and the difficulties that we face and how we can move forward under those difficulties to achieve total freedom,” Sibanda said.
He said he would not be deterred by accusations that he is leading terror and intimidation campaigns in rural areas.
“I have become used to the childish and silly accusations from the MDCs,” he quipped. “At first, they said Sibanda killed people in 2008, but they failed to provide the evidence.
“Now they are saying I am intimidating people in rural areas and in the coming few months they will change again and accuse me of something.”
Sibanda has often been accused of leading violent campaigns in districts he has so far visited with reports that he forced villagers to attend all-night vigils, accusations he vehemently denied.
The ex-combatants leader said after rounding up Matabeleland, he will lead a 10-million-vote-for-Mugabe campaign to “show that Satanism fronted by the MDCs is not allowed in Zimbabwe”.
“We will not be having a ‘One Million-Man March’ this time around. We are organising a nationwide 10-million-vote-for-Zanu-PF crusade.
“People will come in their millions to say Satanism is not allowed in Zimbabwe,” he charged. “They will say ‘No’ to Satanism like homosexuality that the MDCs wanted to smuggle into the new constitution.”
Sibanda was at the forefront of organising a so-called “One Million-Man March” in 2007 to mobilise people to endorse President Robert Mugabe as Zanu PF’s presidential candidate.
War veterans have been central in leading Zanu PF’s campaigns, but the MDCs and civic groups accuse the ex-combatants of leading terror campaigns since the turn of the millennium during the land invasions.