By Jermaine Ndlovu
Bulawayo, May 10, 2016 – SENSATIONAL actor and activist Silvanos Madzvova has made astonishing claims the country’s two major political parties, Zanu PF and MDC-T, have tried to lure him to join their ranks.
The Vhitori Entertainment founder is famed for his brave one man satiric play outside the parliament building last month, demanding answers from government on where the said $15 billion diamond revenue went.
During the incident, he was arrested briefly before being released withou charge.
In his play, Madzvova was spurred by President Robert Mugabe’s comments during his annual birthday interview in February this year that $15 billion worth of potential diamond revenue could have been spirited away by mining firms in Chiadzwa in the past six years.
The play, entitled “missing diamonds, I need my share”, pokes fun at President Mugabe, former mines minister Obert Mpofu and top Mugabe defender and cabinet minister Jonathan Moyo among other government officials for allegedly allowing the plunder of the country’s diamond wealth while the majority continued to wallow in poverty.
He has returned again to the media spotlight, this time claiming rivals Zanu PF and MDC-T, among some parties, were vying for his membership, although with little success.
“I have received offers from political parties who are trying to lure me to join them,” Madzvova told RadioVOP in Bulawayo recently.
“Zanu PF, MDC T, among other parties have approached me but as an artist, I have turned down these offers; I once performed for parliamentarians in 2014 at a workshop in Mutare. Since then, many offers have been thrown my way but I have rejected them.
“I am an artist and aligning to any political party will kill my career. By doing so, I would cease being the people’s mouthpiece.”
He added: “Since I have been doing protest plays, the MDC might have gained interest in roping me in to advance the agenda of change within their camp whilst Zanu PF could have wanted to silence me by recruiting me. Once you join them, they would put a prodigal son tag on you as if you were with them before.”
His claims were however dismissed by MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu who accused the artist of using the name of the main opposition party to seek relevance.
“As MDC we don’t approach people to join, joining is a voluntary exercise, I can tell you that we have never approached him and we do not have a shortage of manpower at our party.
“Some of these people are trying to gain mileage through cheap publicity, if he wants to join the MDC he knows our offices and he can talk to the relevant local structures where ever he is based,” Gutu said.
Zanu PF spokesperson’s phones went on unanswered.