CHIMURENGA music legend Thomas “Mukanya” Mapfumo has rubbished state media reports that he is making frantic efforts to meet President Robert Mugabe.
Mapfumo is currently domiciled in self-exile in the United States for more than a decade.
The state media reported Tuesday that Mapfumo through an emissary, South African-based businessman and music promoter James “Jimmy Jimalo” MacAdams was planning to set up a meeting with Mugabe with a view of discussing among other issues piracy, corruption, poverty and unemployment.
In a press statement, Mapfumo’s Zimbabwean based publicist Blessing Vava dismissed the reports as “not only false but mischievous and a misrepresentation.”
“Chimurenga Music Company (CMC) has noted with surprise reports in an article in the edition of the Herald today 6 January 2015 implying that Dr Thomas Mapfumo wants to meet President Mugabe. The paper alleges that the Chimurenga music legend is making ‘frantic’ efforts to meet the President.
“Chimurenga Music Company wishes to make it categorically clear that Dr Thomas Mapfumo has no plans of meeting President Mugabe. Whilst Dr 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,” said Vava.
Vava also dismissed reports that Mapfumo has a pending case with the local law enforcement agencies.
Mapfumo is accused of trading in stolen vehicles in 2001, after he allegedly bought stolen cars from George Sibanda, a prolific armed robber on the run for the theft of 20 vehicles.
“The allegations by the paper that Dr 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.
“Dr 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,” Vava added.
The publicist insisted that Mapfumo was “dismayed about the levels of corruption and poor service delivery across the entire country and would be happy to articulate his views and concerns to all the relevant authorities as these are the matters that have been of interest to him since the colonial era.”Advertisement
The music legend is working to release his latest album, Dangerzone.
The Chimurenga star quit Zimbabwe before police could get to him, and he insists to this day that his life was in danger because he had spoken out against Mugabe’s regime. He returned to Zimbabwe twice to stage shows but stopped in 2005.
His 1989 album, Corruption, criticised Mugabe and his government and he has continued to produce music which is very critical of the establishment.
Rise Up, which was released in 2006, was wholly political. Most of his songs continue to be blacklisted by the state broadcaster which deemed them politically incorrect