Speaking to the Zimbabwe Independent this week, the visibly irate Sibanda castigated Zanu PF factional leaders for undermining the hard work done by war veterans to mobilise voters ahead of crucial elections expected either this year or in 2013.
Sibanda, who has been on a mobilisation drive in Manicaland, Masvingo and Mashonaland West, slammed party heavyweights grouped around the two main factions led by Vice-President Joice Mujuru and Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa for sabotaging the efforts of war veterans who are trying to re-energise the party’s support base.
He warned those vying for President Robert Mugabe’s position through “political corruption”, saying jostling for the top post now while it is not vacant would fuel infighting within the party.
“What we find is that people want to benefit themselves through all this, but the question is are those people working for the party? My main mission is to defend the revolutionary party by ensuring it is well-organised.”
He accused factionalists of working against the party while putting on party regalia, and warned their leaders will be “malfunctioning” very soon.
“Don’t ask me how or when this will happen; all I can tell you is these people will malfunction very soon. Their political corruption is typical of political lumpens.”
Infighting has rocked Masvingo, Manicaland, Mashonaland East, Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and South provinces, as the factions led by Mnangagwa, Mujuru and another group loyal to Mugabe battle for control of the provinces.
Disgruntled supporters in Masvingo and Manicaland have been demonstrating against vote-rigging, imposition of candidates and vote-buying in district coordinating committee elections.
“A lot of our leaders have political ambitions, but they are destroying the party. A person vying for a council, parliamentary or senatorial seat will do anything to get that post. A person eyeing the presidential post will also do everything to get that top post,” Sibanda said.
“This factionalism is the reason why there is imposition of candidates. We are going to stop them — we are going to deal with them. I am glad people are speaking out now before elections through demonstrations.”