The passing away of music icon Oliver Mtukudzi on Wednesday last week has reignited the friction between the ruling ZANU PF party and opposition MDC.
MDC Leader Nelson Chamisa was barred from getting into the National Sports Stadium on Saturday where a memorial concert was being held for the late national hero. To add salt to injury, Chamisa was again blocked from entering the Mtukudzi homestead in Madziwa on Sunday where “Tuku” was laid to rest.
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MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume said that the government’s response indicates a level of paranoia. Speaking to NewZimbabwe.com Mafume said:
The response by the government during Tuku’s funeral indicates a level of pettiness and paranoia which this administration displays in the glare of everyone including visitors. In their efforts not to be outdone by Chamisa, they are undone.
They cannot weep without asking how much tears Chamisa has produced. Every Zimbabwean has a Tuku story and for them to desecrate his burial like that shows their thirst for power knows no limits.
However, the government labelled Chamisa a ‘drama queen’ while ZANU PF national spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo said:
When they claim we are afraid of his popularity we then really fail to understand. But really, we do not have time for his antics at the funeral of national hero Oliver Mtukudzi.
It’s all hogwash, we are concentrating on reviving the economy and governing the country.
Jacob Mafume is a Zimbabwean politician who is a member of the MDC Alliance and formerly with People's Democratic Party formerly the MDC Renewal Team party where he was the party spokesperson. He was elected Mayor of Harare on 3 September 2020 to replace Herbert... Read More About Jacob Mafume
Simon Khaya Moyo is a politician and spokesperson of Zanu-PF and the former Minister of Energy and Power Development. He is a former ambassador of Zimbabwe to South Africa. Read More About Simon Khaya Moyo