Jabulani Sibanda

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Jabulani Sibanda
President Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA)
Assumed office
Vice President Joseph Chinotimba
Personal details
Born Zimbabwe
Nationality Zimbabwean
Political party ZANU-PF
Residence Zimbabwe
Occupation Politician

Jabulani Sibanda was the chairman of Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA), an organisation originally comprising all the veterans that fought during the Second Chimurenga or Zimbabwe War of Liberation which ended in 1979, although he took no part in the war. Under his leadership the ZNLWVA mobilised War Veterans and other ZANU PF sympathisers in the forced and often violent appropriation of farmland they claimed to have been stolen during colonialisation. He was expelled from ZANU-PF in 2004 for being part of the Tsholotsho Declaration.

2008 general election[edit]

Robert Mugabe endorsement[edit]

Despite the fact that he was expelled and therefore not a member of ZANU-PF, Sibanda, together with his ally Joseph Chinotimba, led "million-men" marches across the country to endorse President Robert Mugabe as the candidate for ZANU-PF in the March 2008 presidential election.,[1] Jabulani was inducted as chairman of the war veterans with blessing from Mugabe.[2] Mugabe at one time wanted Jabulani to be Matebeleland ZANU-PF chairman, an influential position, but heavyweights in the region refused to acquiesce to this.[3]

Simba Makoni candidacy[edit]

Jabulani Sibanda, in his capacity as the chairman of the war veterans association, indicated that the former guerillas would go back into the bush if Mugabe lost the 2008 presidential election to Simba Makoni.[4]

Expulsion and arrest[edit]

Jabulani Sibanda was expelled from ZANU-PF and ousted as leader of the war veterans ZNLWVA at the end of 2014 because of his apparent allegiance to beleaguered Vice President Joice Mujuru. He was succeeded by the outspoken Chris Mutsvangwa as the chairman of warvetereans.He denounced Mugabe for trying to manipulate Zanupf structures into endorsing his hidden motives of having his wife , Grace Mugabe as his successor. JB as he is affectionately known was openly opposed to it and denounced it as a "bedroom coup"., - See more at:[5]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ War vet threaten hostilities [1](accessed 02/11/2008)
  2. ^ Jabulani Sibanda to be eliminated [2](accessed 02/11/2008)
  3. ^ Mugabe want Jabulani as chairman [3] (accessed 02/11/2008)
  4. ^ Hostilities [4](accessed 02/11/2008)
  5. ^ Nehanda Radio[5]
  6. ^ "'We reject bedroom coup' Jabulani Sibanda". NewsDay Zimbabwe. Retrieved 2016-03-16.