Mapfumo denies planning protests

HARARE - Chimurenga musician Thomas Mapfumo has dismissed outrightly reports alleging that he is working with former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC to destabilise Zimbabwe.

The State media yesterday claimed that Mapfumo is part of a shadowy committee set up by Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC to create havoc in the country and force an early election.

However, Mapfumo’s publicist, Blessing Vava, yesterday dismissed the claims as high sounding gibberish.

“It’s rubbish and malicious!  Dr Mapfumo is a musician and not a politician,” said Vava.

“He is neither aligned nor affiliated to any political party in Zimbabwe. However, his wish is for the people of Zimbabwe to enjoy freedom, work together to rebuild Zimbabwe, and he will always fight for good governance, respect for the rule of law, something he has been doing through his music over the years. “His latest album Danger Zone speaks to that effect.”

The Herald yesterday reported that the MDC had roped in so-called progressive members of Zanu PF in a shadowy committee to organise meetings masked as national convergence conventions from May to plan protests meant to destabilise Zimbabwe

According to the State media, self-exiled musician Mapfumo is part of the committee that will host three meetings to plan the protests with the aim of forcing an early election before 2018.

The Herald reported that people who include Mapfumo, prominent human rights lawyers, pastors and other reputable professionals domiciled in Zimbabwe, South Africa and USA have been working on the national convergence project since last year.

But Information minister Jonathan Moyo appeared to mock The Herald story yesterday tweeting that: “This is idle crap. Who is Thomas Mapfumo”.

Comments (8)

Ist not surprising from the comment by Mpfumo's so called publicist, this dagga smoking singer is hiding behind a twist of mbane.

reason - 25 March 2015

@reason....shut up reason, Mugabe's bitch who do you think you are to talk crap about Mukanya. Mukanya is loved by millions of Zimbabweans, he's much more popular to Zimbos than your evil cult Mugabe. Vataurire Mukanya, vanokutya you are the best!!

tinorovawo - 25 March 2015

Some people in Zim think protesting is a crime, it is not. Citizens of Zimbabwe are no in a cage from which they cannot stand up and protest if governance or anything is wrong. After 35 years of independence, some people have not accept the notion of the rights of cititens to protest and associate as they so wish. A good democracy is built on the foundations of the right of citizens to monitor the rulers. If Mapfumo wants, he can organize protests alongside others who wish to do so. And for the minister of misinformation, jonathan moyo, to dismiss mapfumo as a nonentity, is delusional. Mapfumo is a popular musician and everyone in Zim has danced to his music protesting against corruption and human rights abuses. I wonder what is happening in Moyo's head when he sometime ago claimed that his father was killed during Gukurahundi by the Fifth Brigade. Some people, for the sake of power and money, have put their consciences to sleep.

Chenjerai Hove - 25 March 2015

It is Zanu pf government that has caused this country to become unstable' hunger poverty, no money , no services, no health. Mapfumo is a living legend musician. "Baba naamai ndakakunyeperai nekuona kwekupera kwe hondo, Ndikati nhasi rugare rwauya, ndisingazivi zvakanga zviri pamberi, Nhamo yauya vakaoma". 35 years down the line we are in a mess. mapfumo's lyrics are powerful , be it past , present and future events. Leave "gandanga" alone. The fear of democracy will destroy zanu pf.

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Dr - 26 March 2015

Soldiers,CIOs ,Mugabe listens to Thomas Mapfumo.They gave him honorary degree for his music .Mapfumo is the greatest musician Zanu PF supporters and MDC all like his music.Mapfumo is the most unbiased person.He sang praise of Zanu PF after liberation struggle.When things begin to go wrong he was not afraid to sing corruption,during the events on Sandura commission,Noczim etc.The guy has much respect he is like the Biblical prophets who were not afraid of the truth.Mapfumo anoimba zvinoitika muvanhu asina kutya kana kuita Bootlicking!Ana Reason munofunga kuti Propaganda ichashanda hakuna uchatenga Herald muchamama

Manu - 26 March 2015

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