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Ex-Zipra veteran wants Jabulani Sibanda's return as leader

by Staff reporter
10 Jun 2024 at 03:42hrs | Views
A ZIPRA war veteran, Max Mkandla, has called for the reinstatement of Jabulani Sibanda as the leader of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) to unify the divided group.

Currently, ZNLWVA is split between factions led by Zanu-PF national spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa and Andrea Ethan Matibela.

Mkandla emphasized that Sibanda, who is the Zanu-PF chairperson for Bulawayo province, is the only person capable of reuniting the war veterans.

Mkandla praised Sibanda's previous tenure under the late former President Robert Mugabe, highlighting his ability to engage with grassroots structures and strengthen the organization. He urged war veterans to vote for Sibanda in the upcoming congress, arguing that his leadership is crucial for unity and effective management of war veterans' affairs.

Mkandla also commended President Emmerson Mnangagwa for providing war veterans with two companies, asserting that good leadership, like that of Sibanda, is necessary to ensure the success of these enterprises. He criticized Mutsvangwa, who was recently dismissed by Mnangagwa as Veterans of the Liberation Struggle Affairs minister, for his poor performance and described him as a divisive figure.

The government's recent admission of ZNLWVA's factional splits reflects the broader discontent among war veterans with Mnangagwa's administration since he assumed power from Mugabe in a coup seven years ago.

Source - newsday