By Margaret Kamba
ZANU PF National Chairperson Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri has challenged musicians to sing songs that give people hope and a future.
The remarks were made during a ceremony to unveil a COVID19 song and handover donations by the Muduvuri Rehabilitation and Empowerment Foundation at the Party Headquarters this Friday. The song which speaks about taking safety measures during this COVID19 period was sung by musicians among them Sulumani Chimbetu, Nicholas Zacharia and Mechanic Manyeruke among others.
Speaking during the ceremony, National Chairperson Cde Muchinguri-Kashiri said there is need for the musicians to speak and challenge social ills in the society.
“During the war, we sang songs which we sung by the late Cde Chinx which made us strong during the liberation struggle of this country. The songs gave us hope that we would win the struggle and that we would conquer,” National Chairperson said.
“We have had heroes of your time such as the late national hero Oliver Mtukudzi. You are therefore special to us. Your songs show us the problems in our society. You sing of the family values and the economy. Today you have sung about COVID19 which is a difficult time and are educating people on how to prevent the disease by washing their hands with soap and water and practising social distance.
I challenge you to sing about other things as well such as the illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe and corruption. We must start somewhere and now.”
National Political Commissar Cde Victor Matemadanda said the gesture by the musicians highlighted their sense of belonging.
“We want to thank the musicians who thought of coming up with this song seeing that their country is under threat. This shows a sense of belonging to their country and their will to defend it. This shows that you are truly Zimbabwean.”
Also speaking at the ceremony, Muduvuri Rehabilitation and Empowerment Foundation founder Cde Jimayi Muduvuri
“The challenge of the musicians at the moment is that while some industries are open, they are not employed. They have families which they must take care of and there is need to harness their talent. They are available for engagement and have shown their love for their country.”
Musicians Nicholas Zachariah, Mechanic Manyeruke, Sulumani Chimbetu took time to thank the leadership for taking time out to meet them and to listen to their grievances among them lack of housing among many things. The musicians received food hampers which included some basic commodities.