In an interview with the Zimbabwe Independent in Harare last week, Sibanda said the war veterans would not allow a few people wreak havoc in the party in an attempt to bulldoze their way to the top.
Sibanda also said war veterans would crush any plots to oust President Robert Mugabe as the leader of the party and candidate in the next polls. “We will deal with people who want to substitute Mugabe as our leader and candidate,” said Sibanda. “We uphold the party constitution and our party has only one president, therefore we will not tolerate that millions should suffer at the expense of a few individuals who are power hungry.”
Sibanda said “bad apples” would be removed from the party before elections. “We hear statements that there are some who are planning to take over from the president but we as war veterans are saying, President Mugabe has no substitute. We want the party to remove bad apples before they spoil the whole fruit bowl,” he said.
Zanu PF is currently plagued by factionalism and infighting fuelled by Mugabe’s protracted succession battle. The main factions are led by Vice-President Joice Mujuru and Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa. Sibanda demanded those linked to factions must desist from their actions as they were destroying the party.