War veterans apologise to Jabulani Sibanda

THE Chris Mutsvangwa-led executive of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) says it has made peace with former chairperson, Jabulani Sibanda, having vilified him for claiming that First Lady Grace Mugabe had staged a “bedroom coup”.

by Garikai Mafirakureva

ZNLWVA national political commissar, Francis Nhando told Southern Eye early this week that they apologised to Sibanda after realising that his remarks were spot-on.

Nhando, who was flanked by members of Masvingo provincial ZNLWVA executive vice-chairperson, Ignatius Murindi and secretary-general, Benjamin Charles Nyamweda said they had apologised to Sibanda for not being quick to understanding what he meant with his statement.

“We want to say we are very sorry about our reactions to his statement. We have realised that when he talked of ‘bedroom coup’ he was spot on because Grace and the so-called G40 have already usurped power from Zanu PF. Grace is just a secretary for women affairs. Where does she have the powers to insult her boss, who is the vice secretary for the party?” asked Nhando.

He also took a swipe at Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko and vice chairperson of a rival war veterans’ faction, George Mlala, describing them as war deserters, who were trying to cash-in on the current leadership crisis in Zanu PF.

“We can’t compare Sibanda with Mphoko and Mlala. Mphoko deserted the war, that’s why he was able to marry a Mozambican woman during the struggle, while Mlala ended up as a taxi driver in Zambia,” mocked Nhando

Murindi said Sibanda was an intelligent war veteran with intellectual capabilities that most war liberators lack.

“We worked with Jabu, especially here in Masvingo. I remember his mother was ill and later she passed away while he was here. He went to bury her, and came back to continue with his national duty only be repaid by scorn and disdain,” he said.

Contacted for comment, Sibanda said he was happy that his colleagues had smelt the coffee and urged them to unite and work towards a common cause.

“It’s now water under the bridge and I am happy my comrades decided to bury the hatchet and work against a common enemy trying to destroy the gains of our liberation struggle. I know I have been arrested for undermining the authority of the President — a matter which left me with legal expenses amounting to $12 000, but that won’t deter me from joining my fellow comrades. I am glad they have realised their mistake and took a humble decision to apologise,”he said.

Do you have a coronavirus story? You can email us on: news@alphamedia.co.zw


  1. its because war vets are not thinkers, if they were most of them would not be beggers to this day. so jabulani will soon be going back to terrorizing people. i don’t think war vets cant do anything out of zanu, that is why they lick Mugabe’s ……….. to the end.

  2. Comment… I like it when these slow learners finally catch up. I wonder what their next move will be. They must leave this Mnangagwa, he is dead wood. He was psychologically murdered by that old man. He was taught not to think but follow mugevil’s instructions. Forget about zanu cdes. Your beloved party is now a cult which celebrates failure. Just imagine a party that comes up with a 94 year old presidential candidate in a country with a population of over 12 million.

  3. Chemical Solution

    Jabu what were doing in Masvingo? You caused the people of Masvingo to suffer. You were killing people in Masvingo, we know you. What jobin Masvingo, rape, torture and killing.

  4. These war vets seeking relevance. Now that the tables have been turned around, they now see things most people saw more than 20 years ago.

    1. Better late than never

  5. they are all stupid, they want to use Jabulani and dump him after the elections

    1. You are lying these Guys are now Uniting fight their common enemy Mr Robert G Mugabe…………………………..you see fire works come 2018….Mugabe losing the General Elections……………….

  6. So now that Mugabe is gone…. whats next? I note with grave concern that we tend to unite AGAINST a COMMON “ENEMY”. is it not time we ganged up FOR something good?? We should not be always taking corrective action, but moving progressively to avoid enemies in the first place

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *