Sibanda attacks politburo over Gonese

jabulani_sibandaMASVINGO Self-styled National War Veterans Association chairman Jabulani Sibanda (Pictured) has questioned the criteria used by Zanu (PF) politburo when determining heroes.

Speaking at the burial of his deputy, Cosmas Gonese, at the Masvingo Provincial Heroes Acre last week, Sibanda said the war veterans were not happy with the decision made by the Zanu (PF)s highest decision-making body which afforded Gonese provincial hero status.

An emotional Sibanda said: We are not happy at all with that decision. In as far as we are concerned Gonese is a national hero. He is a true national hero who is buried at the provincial heroes acre. I do not know how they (Politburo) reached that decision. I asked them in Harare why they had accorded Gonese a provincial hero status, but the answer they gave me was shocking and I will not speak that publicly.

Sibanda said he would appeal to the politburo to reverse their decision. Masvingo illegal provincial governor Titus Maluleke was booed by angry war veterans as he tried to explain the decision. I know that you are angry by the decision and many of you wanted Gonese to be buried at the national shrine, but it is unfortunate that the decision by the politburo was different, Maluleke said.

Sibanda said Gonese operated with Johannes Tomana – now the controversial Attorney General – and Air Marshal Henry Muchena, who is spearheading terror attacks against MDC supporters. What more evidence do they (Politburo) want? He participated and survived many battles and he was an important cadre with Zanu (PF) until his death, Sibanda said. Sources said Gonese was denied national hero status as he was believed to be aligned to Zvobgo faction, unpopular with President Robert Mugabe. Commentators said the decision would further divide the party and war veterans.

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