3 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Jabulani Sibanda Preaches Violence in Nyanga

press release

Villagers in Nyanga district have been told that they will have their limbs cut off, if they fail to attend Zanu Pf's meetings. Villagers are now living in fear as this is a reminder of the infamous Zanu pf "short and long sleeve" campaign that saw many people losing their arms and or legs during the June 2008 presidential election run-off.

This follows calls by war veterans' leader Jabulani Sibanda who invaded Nyanga district a few weeks ago where he is intimidating villagers at his meetings and ordering traditional leaders in the area to ban MDC rallies.

Nyanga South House of Assembly member Hon Willard Chimbetete confirmed the presence of Sibanda in Nyanga and further said he has so far held several meetings allegedly warning traditional leaders and villagers against voting for the MDC.

Sibanda is said to have also ordered Zanu PF activists to compile a list of known MDC members and perceived sympathisers and submit it to war veterans in Nyanga.

Hon Chimbetete, revealed that Sibanda summoned all headmen and their subjects to a meeting at Nyarukowa business centre and Magarati Primary school respectively, whose sole agenda was simply to ban MDC meetings in the ward and to not vote for MDC in the coming elections or risk unknown consequences.

Hon Chimbetete further said that Sibanda is telling villagers in his constituency and other areas in Nyanga to surrender their MDC material and publicly renounce their support for the party. He is also using headmen to intimidate people. He openly told villagers that he will 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.

In Nyanga North, Sibanda while addressing people at Ruwangwe Growth point, misinformed villagers that MDC had stalled the process of the constitution making process as it desperately fights for the inclusion of homosexuality in the new constitution.

Sibanda proceeded to make threats of violence to MDC supporters and said Zanu pf is going to carry out a disciplinary process particularly to individuals who did not vote for President Mugabe in the 2008 harmonised elections.

Cases of political intimidation and harassment involving Zanu pf militia, soldiers and traditional leaders against villagers in various parts of the country, continue to be reported as the nation approach harmonized elections set for next year.

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