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05/06/2014 00:00:00
by Newsday
Running for dear lives ... One of the ZRP officers who fell victim to the Vapostori rage

LAST Friday’s battering of several riot police officers in a poor Harare suburb has inspired a litany of humour, satirical songs and videos by local dancehall artistes.

The cops had accompanied Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) executive president Johannes Ndanga to effect a ban on a Johanne Masowe weChishanu apostolic sect in Budiriro 2.

Members of the Madzibaba Ishmael Mufani-led cult terrorised police officers, journalists and ACCZ officials, leaving several injured.

The videos, which have gone viral on social networks, made caricatures of police officers.

Artistes behind the productions included musician-cum-producer Clarence Patsika, popularly known as Dr Clarence, who released a video titled Johane MaRasta eChishanu.

The video captures police characters clad in their official uniform dancing, with picture combos showing a police officer undergoing severe battering at the hands of the sect members.

Cop Beating - Johane MaRasta eChishanu

Dr Clarence told NewsDay that the release was a work of art in which he captured a real life situation.

“Art is in my veins so I try to as creative as possible over what local societies are becoming. The incident inspired me to compose the song,” said Dr Clarence. “I am not taking any sides between the two sides (the Mapostori and the riot police).”

He said the satirical song was a lighter look at serious situations and those targeted should not be offended because it was just comedy.

This is not the first time that local artistes have released songs shortly after an incident.

Last year, several songs were released after the Chitungwiza mysterious blast that claimed five lives with Dr Clarence also releasing a hit single titled PaChitungwiza Chakaputika.


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