Mapfumo backs Mawarire

HARARE - Exiled Zimbabwean musician-turned-government critic, Thomas Mapfumo, has backed #ThisFlag campaign leader Evan Mawarire and called upon President Robert Mugabe to step down as he has failed the people.

In a video posted on social media, the vocal Chimurenga music icon said despite warning Zimbabweans of Mugabe’s misrule through his music long back, few took heed.

Draped in the Zimbabwean flag, like Mawarire always is, Mapfumo — popularly known as Mukanya — said Mugabe and his governing Zanu PF have “a wrong understanding of what freedom is”.

“Freedom is not about the skin colour, it doesn’t necessarily mean that since the country is being ruled by a black man then we are free. No,” said Mapfumo, adding that “freedom has so many inputs”.

He said freedom has many tenets such as free speech, religion and democracy and the right to demonstrate.

However, Mugabe seems to be uncomfortable with civil demonstrations as he told Mawarire on Monday to leave Zimbabwe.

During the burial of his former top aide Charles Utete, the 92-year-old strongman attacked Mawarire, who, through the #ThisFlag campaign, stirred Zimbabweans to peacefully protest against Mugabe’s continued misrule..

But Mapfumo argued that the people and not a few selected elite must be in charge.

“A country is not led by a few individuals but by the majority, those are the people in charge. The president and his Cabinet are mere workers. That is what is called power to the people,” he said.

A distinguished singer during Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle, Mapfumo said Zimbabweans yearn for liberties that their founding fathers died fighting for.

He commended Mawarire, a pastor, and urged him to gird his loins for the long haul and continue standing up for the rights of the people until Mugabe leaves office.

“People should not wait for political parties, they should take power and we do not want to see Zanu PF... did they fight (liberation war) to steal from the people,” he questioned.

The 71-year-old music producer blamed Mugabe and Zanu PF for failing to curb corruption — a subject he produced a hit song on decades ago — and other ills.

“Some are lying that they are revolutionaries when they are not, they do not have the people at heart, they are stealing from the people.

“People are not employed and are oppressed,” Mapfumo said.

“I have said it before that this man is a dictator and people did not believe me. Some were even threatening me but you can now all see that Mugabe is a dictator,” said Mapfumo.

“Tisatambe nevanhu. Vanhu vanotipandukira, (Let us not take people for granted. They can revolt) Let us not steal from the people.

“We went to war to liberate the people but that is no longer the case, you (Mugabe) are now worse than (Ian) Smith”.

“Aren’t you ashamed? Please have shame. Saka imi mukuru ndimi mapaza nyika (So you as the leader aren’t you ashamed),” Mapfumo said.

He also took a swipe at war veterans saying they must not cry foul now because they were instrumental in giving Mugabe unfettered powers.

Comments (8)

I totally agree, the war of liberation was waged by the masses not to create opportunities for ZANU PF thugs to steal and destroy Zimbabwe from within. In fact those who want to call themselves revolutionaries were not on the frontline. The were in Maputo, Khilimani and other better cities of Mozambique, with security, when we were sleeping near rivers and running away from protected villages, so that we can feed the real freedom fighters on the frontline. We will fight this ZANU PF system until everything is fine. The endgame can not be intimidated by a hired crowd of drugged youths. The endgame is in full swing and we are ready for anything until we get it to its logical conclusion, that is when we free ourselves from the chains of oppressions.

Zvichapera - 21 July 2016

This regime never envisaged a revolt from it's own people. They had always been plying on the docility of Zimbabweans which was the result of gross intimidation. now that the people have finally awakened and rekindled with boldness they say they are sponsored. question to this regime is that who sponsored you when you took up arms with Ian Smith's regime? Kingdoms come and go. And this brutal regime will surely come to an end

pride - 21 July 2016

I mis my Mukanya.Jaya Guru plse come back.kamfinsa is open now.Noone will arrest yu.President mis yu too.everyone including Tuku.Come home Mr Music Africa Himself.Takusuwai machewe.I will protect yu.

viola gwena - 21 July 2016

Muno mune disaster, too much corruption, nyika yaita mamvemve vakoma moto uyo, but zvichapera

X-MAN IV - 21 July 2016

I salute you Mr. Mapfumo. You are one of the real patriots who truly have the country's interests at heart. You have not wavered from your stance of the real freedom for the people since you started denouncing oppression, first by the colonialists and by our own brothers in whom we unwittingly placed our trust in 1980. These brothers and sisters assumed office with our heartfelt blessings but they had a different motive of eating selfishly, excluding the majority from the freedom that the majority helped to achieve. They have openly showed the world their avarice and disregard for peoples' wishes and aspirations.

Yeoman Thomas - 21 July 2016

Brother Mkanya has been telling the nation about ZANU pf's corrupt n dictatorial tendencies. He sang corruption at the time of the Wilovale Scandal. We used to request on Kwaziso/Ukubingelelana for song, it was always not played as it shamed mugabe and his corrupt misgovernment. Viva Dr Mapfumo. vanhu ngavayeuke kuti nyangwe vakaenda kuhondo hapana akaenda akatakura jira,upfu,kanapoto. takarwa these,musanyepera vanhu.mbende ndiko mavakunayngadza.mugabe haaudzike. zvanyanya izvi,nxa ash.

Robed - 22 July 2016

I hate the sentence saying The exiled Zimbabwean musician meaning Mapfumo is wrong. Who exiled Mapfumo?

DK - 22 July 2016

Though he is self exiled he is still exiled, nothing wrong with that.

Mr Mr - 22 July 2016

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