Nepotism destroying Zanu PF: Sibanda

via Nepotism destroying Zanu PF: Sibanda – DailyNews Live 19 August 2014 by Mugove Tafirenyika

HARARE – War veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda says the ruling Zanu PF party has gone off the rails owing to endemic nepotism and corruption.

In an interview with the Daily News last weekend, Sibanda said his party was no longer respecting the egalitarian principles of the liberation struggle as evidenced by growing cronyism.

Citing the example of how the party allocated proportional representation parliamentary seats, the outspoken Sibanda claimed the seats were given mainly to those women whose husbands are in the top echelons of the party.

“On this one, I want to be very frank with you, the revolutionary party has lost the revolutionary way because of nepotism and corruption,” Sibanda said.

“If you look at our women, how many of them benefited from proportional representation? It is only wives of party bigwigs because they are influential, at the expense of the ordinary women who are the genuine cadres of the party.”

Last year’s poll in which Zanu PF won a crucial two thirds parliamentary majority continued the party’s legacy of  “power couples.”

Sibanda said a number of senior officials and their spouses were finding their way into Parliament.

Notable figures include Umguza legislator Obert Mpofu who was joined by his wife Sikhanyisiwe in the august House.

Sikhanyisiswe got into the National Assembly through the women’s quota.

Tambudzani Mohadi, wife of Home Affairs minister, Kembo, again retained her position in Parliament through the women’s quota. In the 2008 elections, she won the Beitbridge senatorial seat.

Zanu PF secretary for legal affairs Emmerson Mnangagwa and deputy Foreign Affairs minister Christopher Mutsvangwa’s wives, Auxillia and Monica respectively, also got into the National Assembly through the women’s quota.

Mutsvangwa’s wife is also Labour deputy minister. She represents Chimanimani Constituency.

Constance Tsomondo Shamu, wife to Zanu PF national political commissar Webster Shamu, is also a beneficiary of the proportional representation system.

Sibanda said the party’s patronage system was not in tandem with what the liberation struggle was about.

“The party no longer has direction because of this and that is why there are factions threatening to tear the party into pieces. This is not what Joshua Nkomo envisaged, what he stood for has been lost,” he said.


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    Could he be talking about Grace Mugabe? Oh, the sacrilege!! Sibanda, prepare to be cast into the darkness.

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    Petal 9 years ago

    Its all over like cancer why only speaking out about it now

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    Doris 9 years ago

    Oh gee, news flash! Nepotism? Exposed by the piccannin aka Sibanda! Better watch his back.

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    nyoni 9 years ago

    Wena Jabu where were you when Baba Zimbabwe was being hounded by Zanu. Now you speak for these thugs . What a hypocrite you and the rest are. Call yourselves war vets. More like free loaders living off the back of our suffering people.

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    the zimbabwe comedy show rolls on where every day is april fools day

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    mark longhurst 9 years ago

    from the day Mugabe ordered the wanton destruction and murders of Ndebele people during gukurahundi nepotism started and has never stopped….off to the hague with the knob

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    John Thomas 9 years ago

    If ZANU is destroying itself this is to be encouraged

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    Zimbabwe is now a big farm owned by Mugabe, all these complaints about women taking position in government is just for looting purposes.

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    Mapingu 9 years ago

    Jabulani is stupid narrow minded charlatan. Instead of worrying about the bigger picture, which is how ZANU PF corruption, nepotism, patronage, etc has condemned Zimbabwe, as a country, to the dustbin of poverty he is busy whimpering about destruction of his ZANU PF party. Stupid! One may ask: in which way has ZANU PF been destroyed? Didn’t they claim to have won a resounding victory, in the previous harmonized elections – so what more does he want of this ZANU PF? I am sure he is telling us that because his own wife or concubine was not offered a post then ZANU PF is dead. Otherwise, this fool is not saying anything.