United States-based Chimurenga musician, Thomas Mapfumo has said criticised the Zimbabwean government for alleged human rights violations.
Mukanya, as Mapfumo is affectionately known, on Friday said Mnangagwa should uphold the national constitution which entails human rights and freedoms including the right to speak freely. He posted on social media:
As a leader always mediates on your oath of office, respect the Holy Bible you swore on and respect the constitution.
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Serve the people; their voice is the voice of God. Zimbabwe ndeye vanhu [Zimbabwe is for the people].
As I am alive, I have to be seen fighting side-by-side with my people (because) when they are liberated, I am also liberated. So, that’s my goal [and] I want to see Zimbabwean people free.
They [Zimbabweans] should have freedom of speech, freedom of movement and no one should harass them.
That country is for all Zimbabweans, not for a few individuals, and we should just respect that name — Zimbabwe.
Mapfumo speaks as the state has in the recent past has increased measures to gaggle the citizenry with the arrest of Hopewell Chin’ono and Jacob Ngarivhume, as well as Blessed Mhlanga, being cases in point.
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