KWEKWE — Media, Information and Publicity minister Webster Shamu took advantage of the thousands of people gathered at Mbizo Stadium in honour of the late Kwekwe musician Tongai Moyo to preach his Zanu PF party’s indigenisation mantra.
“We thank President (Robert) Mugabe and the late Vice-President (Joshua) Nkomo who united so that we could take our land from colonialists. Now our economy is in our hands and we want to take over banks, mines and factories so that we empower our people,” said Shamu.
The Zanu PF political commissar also called on musicians to compose songs encouraging indigenisation so that the programme would gain more mileage.
“Musicians should sing about things that empower us as this helps in bringing transparency in the distribution of our wealth,” he added.
Soon after Shamu’s address, a handful of Zanu PF youths turned rowdy and hostile to Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe who had taken the podium to address mourners.
The youths almost drowned Khupe’s address as they chanted their party slogans, danced and sang wildly while clinging precariously on top of the stadium roof.
Disaster almost struck when the roof collapsed, bringing the Zanu PF youths tumbling down.
Police said nobody was injured.
Mbizo MP Settlement Chikwinya (MDC-T) took a swipe at Zanu PF for trying to hijack the funeral wake.
“The people of Kwekwe and indeed all around Zimbabwe conferred hero status on music icon and hero Tongai ‘Dhewa’ Moyo,” said Chikwinya.
“Their attendance in thousands at Mbizo Stadium yesterday demonstrated that Zimbabweans no longer need a politburo of a political party to determine their heroes and idols.
“Unfortunately, Zanu PF as usual took the opportunity to run away with the funeral by politicising an otherwise heartfelt event attended by genuine mourners and fans of Dhewa.
“Tongai chose not to have a relationship with good people, but a good relationship with all the people. The bricks other people threw at him he chose to build bridges with them rather than build walls.
Once again we look up to senior musicians like Oliver Mtukudzi to mentor Peter Moyo (Dhewa’s son) into becoming the same brand that his father was,” said Chikwinya.