War Vets Leader Blasts Fresh Farm Invasions

BULAWAYO – WAR veterans who are still invading farms in Zimbabwe have been labeled as lazy by their leader Jabulani Sibanda.\r\n

One of Robert Mugabe’s strongest defenders Jabulani Sibanda says his comrades should be imaginative and stop "benefiting from other people labour".

He is the current chairman of the militant  Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA).

Said Sibanda, “Any comrade who is still invading farms is selfish and lazy. They are not disciplined cardes"

 He asked why war veterans are still grabbing farms.

"They waited for harvest time so that they can grab the white farmers’ crops and tarnish our image,” said Sibanda.

In December 2007, Sibanda organized a one million man march "in showing solidarity with the revolutionary leader Mugabe"

But speaking at his 85th  birthday bash in February, Robert Mugabe encouraged war veterans to invade more farms.

Fresh farm invasions are likely to threaten the country’s young coalition government and are likely to lead to further social unrest.

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Zimbabwe’s risk profile of possible unrest is further fuelled by grinding poverty faced by the majority of the population in the country.

“A constitutional review process, rampant corruption in government and a general breakdown of the rule of law has deepened Zimbabwe’s exposure to social and political tension putting at risk the stability of the coalition government,” the EIU has warned in a report this week.