Sibanda refreshes Gukurahundi memories

Infamous war veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda has descended on communities here threatening and intimidating villagers to forcibly support Zanu (PF). Villagers say the move has refreshed memories of Gukurahundi as the area was one of the most affected by the massacres in the 1980s.

Jabulani Sibanda
Jabulani Sibanda

In the past months Sibanda, who hails from Tsholothso, has been on a similar terror campaign in parts of Masvingo province. The Zimbabwean can reveal that he descended on villages near Crossroads shopping centre with a motorcade of three vehicles recently. He threatened to bring back merchants of violence who tortured villagers in the run up to the sham 2008 elections if the constituency continued to support the MDC-T.

“We were all shocked by the promises of violence he made. He (Sibanda) openly told us that if we ever supported MDC we would be inviting war,” one villager at Mukamba shopping centre said.

“People were thrown into disused mines here during Gukurahundi. The atrocities left a lot of child headed families while lots of other people were maimed. That is what Sibanda has reminded us of and his words will fail,” an irate aged villager said.

Another said: "The issue Zanu (PF) should be concerned with is why the party is losing support – not going around intimidating people."

The MP for the area, Arnold Sululu of the MDC-T, said Sibanda was believed to be still in the area, and he should leave.

“I am told he addressed village heads and implored them to campaign for Zanu (PF). Almost everyone in the area is a victim of Gukurahundi. His terror campaign will backfire for him if he dares to proceed with it,” Sululu said.

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