Mugabe has always lost to Tsvangirai - Mukanya

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has maintained his lengthy grip on power through electoral chicanery — including rigging polls — at the expense of opposition MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, exiled music icon Thomas Mapfumo, pictured, has said.

Speaking on “Live Talk: The Connection” radio show on Voice of America’s Studio 7, the United States-based Mapfumo — a fierce critic of Mugabe, who predicted Zimbabwe’s corruption scourge way back in the 90s — said Zimbabweans have not been electing Mugabe in successive elections, accusing 93-year-old leader of electoral theft.

During the show, he exchanged harsh words with a ruling Zanu PF United Kingdom (UK) branch chairperson Nick Mangwana, who had defended Mugabe’s continued stay in power.

Mapfumo lost his cool and insulted Mangwana saying “aiwa pfutseki iwe”, after he argued that the nonagenarian’s long incumbency was because people constantly vote for him.

Asked by Mapfumo why Mugabe was clinging on to power and contesting the next elections despite his advanced age, Mangwana retorted: “ Mugabe is being chosen by his party to represent it, so I think the question should be directed at the whole party.”

This did not go down well with the Corruption hitmaker who interjected, arguing that “vaka chuzwa nani? (who chose Mugabe?)”

“Vaka chuzwa nani, tirikuda kunzwa kuti ndiani akavachuza, haikona kutaura zve mangamanga mhani iwe. (We want to know who chose Mugabe, don’t talk nonsense),” Mapfumo thundered, adding that he was not keen on conversations that give legitimacy to Mugabe’s presidency.

“Aiwa conversation uchitaura zvinhu zvemangamanga, marubbish iwayo, ndo conversation yacho iyoyo, uri kutaura zvinhu zvisina musoro, murume mukuru haunyare? Vaka chuzwa nani, havana kubira Tsvangirai maelections?

“Vakachuzwa nani, ndati vakachuzwa nani, ivo vakabira maelections? (I don’t want to engage in such silly conversations when it is clear that he stole elections from (Morgan) Tsvangirai)

“Aiwa pfutseki iwe hauna ne musoro, aiwa handichada nyaya yenyu iyi, handichada kutaura nezve… munhu uyu akapusa. Tiri kushupika isu, ngaarege kutaura muromo waari kutaura uyu, handidi kutaura naye munhu uyu. (I don’t want to hear your story any more especially when this guy say such rubbish while we are suffering).”

Even threats by Mangwana to disengage from the programme did not deter Mapfumo, who continued savaging the hapless Zanu PF cadre.

Not even the passionate pleas by the host could calm him down.

“Mukanya (Mapfumo’s totem), vakomana, VaMangwana vadropper phone nekuti mavatuka . . . (Mangawana has switched off the phone because you have verbally abused him).

Mapfumo shot back: “Ngava drope zvavo, vari kutaura zvinhu zvemangamanga, havana musoro avo (Let him cut off the phone, his contribution is senseless)”.

In the end, the host had to profusely apologise to the clearly offended Mangwana and the audience for Mapfumo’s badgering.

But Mapfumo still would not back down.

“Aiwa, ndatenda hangu vakomana, inini hangu handichada kutaura nyaya yakadaro, zvinotondirwadza, zvinotondirwadzisa izvozvi, handisi kutombonzwa munhu weZanu achitaura izvo, nyaya yenyu taurai mega, please ndisiyei, aiwa ndisiyei, ndakutovhara phone yangu so. (Thank you guys. I don’t want to talk about this anymore because it pains me and I don’t even want to hear anyone from Zanu PF saying that, so have your conversation on your own and leave me in peace),” he said as he cut off the phone.

Mugabe lost to long-time rival Tsvangirai in the first round of voting in the 2008 elections before going on to “win” the subsequent runoff albeit in controversial circumstances.

This was after Mugabe unleashed a reign of terror against MDC supporters, forcing Tsvangirai to withdraw citing voter intimidation, making the poll a one-man race.

Comments (4)

Thomas Mapfumo is right as rigging of elections started way back and as it is - its very clear that if electoral reforms are put in place for free and fair elections ZANU-PF will be humiliated which they are not prepared. Corruption is rife in the ruling party and all those found being involved, especially those partisan to the ruling party are left free even if found guilty are pardoned abusing presdential powers. At the moment the ruling party wants to take party in the Biometric Voter Registration so that they can manipulate the way forward to the 2018 rigging of elections again. This is a shame scenario. Zimbabweans are now sick and tired of man made problems which are being faced in the country, such as shortage of money, food, medical facilities, transport facilities as roads are litred with potholes, jobs, freedom of expression - the list is endless. ZANU-PF should now give way to the people's will as there is need for a democratic government to be elected ythrough free and fair elections.

Pythias Makonese - 23 April 2017

It was unfortunate that Thomas had to engage in a debate with an insane chap who was busy talking senseless things on the radio .Big up Mapfumo by saying futseki to someone who tried to justify nonsense .Thanks Every day all sane zimboz say fuseki to zanu for making them paupers it has become normal and Thomas was just repeating what is said every day .

Diibulaanyika - 23 April 2017

If everything is well back home,what is Nickie Mangwana doing in UK for the past twenty years? Utter rubbish

luvinjections - 28 April 2017

Mapfumo only over reacted,though he might have some points,but didn't articulate them in a sane way,his argument was not balanced, clear & to the point but clustered in an emotional disorder

addmore gudo - 30 April 2017

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