By Tichaona Sibanda
23 November 2012
War vets leader Jabulani Sibanda is in Manicaland province at the behest of aspiring ZANU PF parliamentary candidates to campaign on their behalf, a senior MDC-T official said.
Pishai Muchauraya, the MDC-T MP for Makoni South and spokesman for the party in the province, claimed Sibanda is being paid to do the ‘dirty job’ for the aspiring parliamentarians.
‘He’s here under contract. These ZANU PF people pay him to intimidate our supporters in the constituencies they’ve earmarked. When the job is done they pay him and Sibanda gladly goes back to Bulawayo with money for his rent and food,’ Muchauraya said.
Last week the war vets leader visited Nyanga South where he held several meetings with traditional leaders and villagers. He warned them against voting for the MDC-T.
Sibanda also ordered ZANU PF activists to compile a list of known MDC-T members and perceived sympathisers and submit it to war vets in Nyanga.
But Muchauraya noted that the ZANU PF officials who are hiring Sibanda for his services are undermining their chances of winning, by siding with the one of the worst purveyors of violence in Zimbabwe.
The Makoni South MP accused Sibanda of being responsible for the disappearance, murder and maiming of many MDC supporters from other provinces, especially Masvingo.
‘Who doesn’t know Sibanda’s history of violence and who in his right mind would vote for anyone seen to be associating themselves with this type of man.
‘It cannot be ignored that politicians from ZANU PF, hoping to win seats in next year’s elections, are inciting violence in order to displace their opponents’ supporters. But in so doing they are alienating themselves from the same communities they’re hoping to lead,’ the MP said.
He continued: ‘Several ZANU PF politicians or political hopefuls have been linked to violence in many parts of the country and the only way to end political violence requires bringing to book those behind it.’