As Zanu PF youth leader Pupurai Togarepi promises more violence in 2019
Zimdancehall singer Winky D, real name Wallace Chigumuro, was pelted by bottles by some hooligans before he could perform his controversial hit song, “Kasong KeJecha”.
The song has political undertones and has resonated well with some quarters as the economy continues to plummet.
Kwekwe is President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s home town.
Sources who spoke to this publication confirmed that the attack on Winky D had been planned in advance.
“Yes the group was waiting for him. It was well organized. Winky D had been tipped so the promoter brought soldiers to protect him but the militia was huge in numbers and had machetes.
“They have vowed Winky D won’t perform in the Midlands. The police just stood there and did nothing,” the source told Nehanda Radio.
The title KaSong KeJecha appears to embrace the MDC Alliance’s slogan ‘kudira jecha’ although Winky D’s manager, Jonathan Banda this month disputed this saying the song has a social interpretation and the “Ninja President” as he is known was not affiliated to any political party.
A statement on Winky D’s official Facebook page said; “To God be the Glory. Management hereby informs you that Winky D and the Vigilance Band are all safe and sound. Have a blessed Christmas.”
Meanwhile the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has issued a statement condemning the attack on Winky D. Party spokesman Jacob Mafume said;
“That organised violence can be unleashed on an artist and the perpetrators go unpunished is both barbaric and unacceptable. Artists in Zimbabwe must have the freedom to think, be creative and enjoy the benefits of popular culture.
“Criminalising certain words or diction due to it’s association with the MDC is also a bad sign and a bad reflection on the Zanu PF leadership which divides Zimbabweans and turn them against each other.
“Even worse is the silence of Mnangagwa and the entire Zanu PF government. They must be careful, people have been killed in their name and they have always kept quiet.
“The violent attack on Winky Dee must be condemned with the contempt it deserves, perpetrators must be subjected to the Justice delivery system and tolerance must be at the centre of government awareness programs. That no arrest has been made up to now is not good enough,” Mafume added.
The attack on Winky D comes hours after Pupurai Togarepi, the Secretary of the Zanu-PF Youth League who is well in his mid-fifties promised violence and delivered a chilling warning to his political rivals.
Togarepi warned that the rules have been changed and that from 2019, no “provocation” will be tolerated. Togarepi did not specify whom the message was targeting but from it’s framing it seems to include anyone in the opposition.
Writing on Social Media on Christmas Eve, the Youth League leader said, “We have been tolerant enough before and after elections. No silly games in 2019. We won’t take any prisoners in 2019. Any provocation will be confronted head-on. The rules of the game have completely changed.”