EXPELLED Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) leader Jabulani Sibanda was yesterday further remanded to February 27 2015 when he appeared before Harare magistrate Milton Serima.
Sibanda, whose application for referral of his case to the Supreme Court is yet to be heard in the higher court, is facing allegations of insulting President Robert Mugabe.
He was charged under Section 33 (2) (b) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
Sibanda, who was granted $400 bail and ordered not to march to any State institutions as part of the bail conditions, is being represented by Harare lawyer and former Attorney-General Sobusa Gula-Ndebele.
The former war veterans leader allegedly claimed that Mugabe and First Lady Grace were hatching a “bedroom” or “boardroom” coup through which they wanted to remove fired ex-Vice-President Joice Mujuru from her position.
Allegations against Sibanda are that on October 27 2014 at Herbert Mine in Mutasa, Manicaland province, he addressed an illegal gathering of war veterans who had come to witness the reburial of liberation war fighters’ bodies exhumed from the mine shaft.
Sibanda allegedly addressed the gathering at which he is said to have claimed Mugabe wanted to use the alleged coup to remove Mujuru from her positions in government and Zanu PF and replace her with his wife Grace.
It was further alleged that Sibanda said he was not prepared for that because “power was not sexually transmitted”.