SUSPENDED war veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda has castigated the Zanu PF presidium for lacking a Nelson Mandela-style of leadership. Sibanda said Zanu PF as a party had cle
ar policies but it was being spoiled by leaders who are bent on clinging to power at the expense of development.
“There is nothing wrong with the party policies but something is wrong with some leaders in the party,” Sibanda said in remarks likely to infuriate the leadership and deepen the rift in the ruling party
“We have party leaders who think they should die in power and should never be challenged but that is causing discontent in the party.”
The fiery ex-freedom fighter said the type of leadership being practised by
the Zanu PF presidium encouraged corruption in the party.
“We do not have leaders who have the Mandela-style of leadership, a type of leadership where you lead someone today and then make and groom someone to lead you tomorrow and then you look back and feel proud of your achievements and the continuation of party ideals,” Sibanda said.
“There is no respect of the party constitution by Zanu PF leaders and those people have no future in the country’s democracy. They will have to account to the people for what they have done for democracy in the country and that day is near,” he said.
Sibanda’s statements come at a time when discontent is boiling over in the ruling party ahead of the crucial parliamentary election in March. The divisions follow purges of Young Turks and party officials who attended the ill-fated Tsholotsho meeting last month.
Six provincial chairpersons who attended the meeting have since been suspended from party activities for five years while the alleged convener, Information minister Jonathan Moyo, was reprimanded. He has since been barred from contesting in the Tsholotsho constituency on a Zanu PF ticket. Instead the seat was reserved for a woman candidate.
Sibanda has clashed several times with Vice-President Joseph Msika, party chairman John Nkomo and politburo member Dumiso Dabengwa who all accuse him of indiscipline.
Sibanda was suspended from Zanu PF for four years, barred from contesting the party primaries in Bubi-Umguza and is currently fighting to retain leadership of the war veterans association after President Mugabe appointed a Dabengwa-led taskforce to re-organise the association.
Sibanda dismissed recent media reports that he had fled the country as mischievous and misdirected.
“Before joining Zanu PF I was a Zapu cadre and when gukurahundi came and massacred thousands of people in Matabeleland, including seven members from my family, I did not run away. Why should I run away now?” Sibanda said.
“If there are battles to be fought, I will fight them here and if it means dying I will also be here, I will never run away from depraved people.
“There is no need to run away from people who are going to die, everyone is mortal and those people who are oppressing Zimbabweans are going to die and we will get our chance then,” said Sibanda.