Hosiah Chipanga And Baba Harare Perform At Mnangagwa Rally
Hosiah Chipanga and Baba Harare were among several musicians who performed at a ZANU PF “Thank You Rally” at Beauliu Toronto Primary School in Mutasa South Constituency on Saturday.
The duo’s presence at the rally, which was addressed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has given rise to speculation that they are “Prodigal Sons” who have come to their senses at decided to return “home” to ZANU PF as they have been perceived to be anti-ZANU PF.
Chipanga, who is based in Manicaland, has in the past accused the ruling party of corruption and bad governance.
In 2013, the Sungura musician converted his church MAPIPI into a political party in order to contest the harmonised elections that were held in the same year.
In 2014, he used his Facebook page to criticise ZANU PF for allegedly undermining the objectives of the liberation struggle.
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Meanwhile, Baba Harare, whose real name is Braveman Chizvino, performed for the MDC when the party commemorated its 20th anniversary under the leadership of Nelson Chamisa.
Early this year, Baba Harare clashed with ZANU PF sympathisers on Twitter after sharing a message on social media urging the youth to register to vote.
In Zimbabwe, calling for the youth to register to vote makes one be perceived as an opposition sympathiser as it has been CCC that has been urging young people to have their names on the voters’ roll.
However, Baba Harare has insisted that voter registration is non-partisan and a constitutional right.
His performance at Beauliu Toronto Primary School yesterday was immediately “celebrated” by ZANU PF apologists who claimed that Baba had “returned home.”
The contemporary Jiti musician took to Twitter to explain his encounter with Mnangagwa. He wrote:
had an opportunity to meet the president @edmnangagwa on my Mutare tour. Unlike @GondaiMutongi he understood that my #RegisterToVoteZW is non-partisan and as a Zimbabwean citizen you should register to vote.#RegisterToVoteZW.