MUTARE — War veterans’ leader, Jabulani Sibanda, operated in Manicaland province recently, where he allegedly forced villagers perceived to be MDC-T supporters to surrender their MDC-T material and publicly announce their support for Zanu PF.
BY CLAYTON MASEKESA
Willard Chimbetete, the MDC-T Nyanga South Member of Parliament, said Sibanda had made an unwelcome visit to his constituency.
“Yes he [Sibanda] descended in my area last week and held several meetings, warning traditional leaders and villagers against voting for the MDC-T.”
“He summoned all headmen and their subjects to a meeting at Nyarukowa business centre and Magarati Primary School, where the headmen were told that the MDC-T should not be allowed to hold any meetings in the ward. they were warned not to vote for MDC-T in the next elections,” Chimbetete said.
He added: “Sibanda is telling villagers in my constituency and other areas in Nyanga to surrender their MDC-T material and publicly renounce their support.
“He is also using headmen to intimidate people. He openly told villagers that he would not stop at anything, even if it means using violence to wipe out anti-Zanu PF elements in Nyanga.
“Villagers are now living in fear as they don’t know what he will do next as he is promising violence. We want Jomic to intervene urgently because people are now living in fear.”
Mutasa South MP, Trevor Saruwaka, also confirmed Sibanda’s presence in Mutasa and condemned his activities.