THE Zanu PF Masvingo provincial executive has denounced war veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda saying that while they backed the marches he is leading in support of President Robert Mugabe’s candidature in next year’s elections, they want Siba
nda to be treated as persona non grata in the party.
“As a provincial executive, we are clear of the fact that Jabulani Sibanda was suspended from the party and still remains suspended until we get official notification from the party’s top leadership to the contrary,” provincial executive spokesperson, Retired Major Kudzai Mbudzi, said.
Mbudzi said the provincial executive was getting agitated by Sibanda leading the marches in support of Mugabe.
“Sibanda in some cases can be likened to a fool and a hallucinating psychotic whistling through a graveyard while naked in the middle of the night,” said Mbudzi.
Mbudzi said the Masvingo provincial executive would not accept Sibanda’s leading role in the marches.
He said the issue of Mugabe’s candidature was now water under the bridge.
“I think the issue of retaining our present presidium in next year’s landmark elections is now water under the bridge. And those who continue marching for the same cause might probably have hidden agendas which might be totally different from those of the party,” he said.
Mbudzi said the provincial executive had taken the view that the marches were now unnecessary.
“The effectiveness of our provincial executive is not measured by the number or intensity of road marches or road runs in support of our top leadership but by the efficacy in the execution and implementation of those constitutional functions which we were mandated to perform,” he added.
He accused Sibanda and Joseph Chinotimba of not being genuine war veterans, accusing them of insulting the party’s presidium, in particular Vice-President Joseph Msika, when they took their roadshow to Masvingo.
“Some of these guys who are always on the streets have a propensity of overdoing things and were far removed from the thick of things during the armed struggle hence the feelings of dissonance that they might not have given enough in return for their present appointments,” Mbudzi said. “Or is it simply an advertising venture for future appointments?”