According to sources at ZBC Montrose in Bulawayo, the jingles, which are being done by Asambeni theatre club of Luveve will start to be incessantly aired on television and radio at the end of August.
“The whole project is being coordinated by James Ncube from the Zanu (PF) commissariat department. The jingles are in the form of songs and poems praising Zanu (PF) and President Robert Mugabe. Minister Shamu should be here anytime next week to give a nod to the jingles,” said a source at Montrose who refused to be named for fear of victimisation.
Some of the jingles are, kuyini iGNU (what is the government of national unity) and iZanu (PF) izabusa amadonkey ezeemeli mpondo (Zanu (PF) shall rule until donkeys develop horns).
ZBC is currently playing pro- Zanu (PF) jingles in Shona.
The jingles, which were done by Zanu (PF) Mbare choir under the supervision of the Zanu (PF) Secretary for commissariat and Information minister, Webster Shamu have already caused a stir in the government of national unity. The jingles praise Mugabe and his two vice presidents while denigrating the Prime
Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
The Tsvangirai led Movement for Democratic Change have said the jingles are a violation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA). They have raised the issue with Jacob Zuma, the South African president.
During the run up to the presidential elections in 2002, Bulawayo artists, Yulith Ndlovu and Umkhathi theatre works were involved in composing pro-Zanu (PF) jingles.
Shamu could not be reached for comment