Zanu PF has taken its propaganda machinery in the form of the Mbare Chimurenga Choir jingles to Munhumutapa Building government offices, raising the ire of partners in the inclusive government who have complained the propaganda was in bad taste.
Munhumutapa Building houses the Offices of the President, Vice-Presidents, Prime Minister, his deputies and several key government departments.
Videos of Zanu PF propaganda jingles, including Nyatsoterera, a compilation by the Mbare Chimurenga Choir, were played throughout the day at the reception area of the building.
Security personnel at the reception said they only switched to ZTV for the lunch-time news and would switch back to the jingles which they played throughout the day.
“We just want to watch news then turn back to the jingles,” said a security person at the reception who refused to be named.
Tsaurai Marima, MDC-T provincial secretary, said Zanu PF was taking its propaganda too far and acting unilaterally as if it was the only party in the government.
“That has to stop,” Marima said. “It’s unfair to Zimbabweans who are no longer interested in Zanu PF. It also undermines the coalition government to have partisan songs being played at the Munhumutapa offices,” he said.
Zanu PF was reportedly demanding that bottle stores in Mbare and other suburbs play its jingles.
Last week, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said Zanu PF was a spent force and no amount of propaganda could save it.
“The public media can go for years singing (President) Mugabe ane monya (President Mugabe has unchallenged power) but once the mood of the people is shifted, you cannot stop them,” Tsvangirai said.