UNITED States-based Chimurenga music guru, Thomas Mapfumo, who returns home this month for a gig in Harare after almost 14 years in self-exile, has ruled out any involvement in local politics.
Mukanya, as he is popularly known, fled the country in 2004 after he was persecuted by the government of Robert Mugabe over his politically charged songs denouncing the regime.
The music icon is expected to perform at the Glamis Arena on April 28, at a show that is expected to be sold-out.
“I don’t want to be involved in politics I am just here for the people. I am here for everyone. I just belong to the poor people, that’s where I come from,” Mapfumo was quoted as saying by the BBC.
Mapfumo has, however, been posting politically suggestive messages on his social media platforms since the military revolt which toppled now-former president Robert Mugabe last November.
On the first of January this year, Mukanya tweeted: “Praying too that 2018 brings a better economy, cash in banks and more jobs for our people. Vanhu vedu vanodawo zororo pazvinetswa “
When Zimbabweans took to the streets in November last year to celebrate ouster of Mugabe, Mapfumo told news agency AFP there was nothing to celebrate, saying the country’s problems emanated from Zanu PF which was still in power.
“It’s still the old train that we’re riding but they’ve got a different driver now. The root cause of our problems is Zanu PF. There are still people who still believe in those bad policies,” Mapfumo told AFP.
“When I see something wrong I have to point it out,” Mapfumo said. “I can’t stand by and look when these things are happening to my people. That’s not what we fought for.
“We fought in the struggle because we wanted to be a free nation. We were fighting for democracy, for freedom of speech, freedom of movement.”
Mapfumo said in the interview that the country belonged to the people and soldiers would not do anything if they revolted against the regime.
Mukanya, whose music career dates back to the country’s liberation struggle, was targeted for persecution by the Ian Smith regime and was at some time jailed for his anti-establishment music.
After independence, he was also to be persecuted by the Mugabe regime after he started questioning the corruption and mis-governance.