'Mapfumo has no plans of meeting Mugabe'

HARARE - Chimurenga music legend Thomas Mapfumo has shot down a recent press report claiming that he was making “frantic” efforts to arrange a meeting with President Robert Mugabe.

The veteran musician described the report as a “mischievous misrepresentation” in a statement released by his publicist Blessing Vava.

“Chimurenga Music Company wishes to make it categorically clear that Thomas Mapfumo has no plans of meeting President Mugabe,” read part of the statement.

“Whilst Mapfumo would consider it as a privilege to meet the president, it is not correct that he has made such a request in any form to anyone. The report is not only false but mischievous and a misrepresentation.”

The United States of America-based Mapfumo, who last visited his homeland nine years ago, also denied that he was a fugitive from justice.

“The allegations by the paper that Mapfumo has pending cases with the police are rather false and unfounded and bent on portraying the music legend as a criminal and a fugitive. We urge journalists and anyone interested to follow up the case with the Zimbabwe Republic Police so that they get the truth of the matter rather than publishing falsehoods.

“Mapfumo is a law abiding Zimbabwean and has no case to answer in the alleged crime and is therefore not afraid of coming to Zimbabwe. Any suggestions to the contrary are fictitious and imaginations which have become a day-to-day experience in some sections of our media.”

The statement added, though, that the chimurenga music legend would be happy to articulate his views and concerns about the levels of corruption and poor service delivery across the entire country to the relevant authorities.

Mapfumo is scheduled to release an album titled Danger Zone. The album includes a track Hatidi Politics which attacks Zimbabwean politicians for expending their energy on intra-party and inter-party conflict at the expense of development.


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ngaaone chihuri

big linx - 12 January 2015

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