The three villagers Tafadzwa Chironga, Tinashe Chinyemba and Luckson Khumalo were recently summoned to stand trial at Bindura Magistrates’ Court for allegedly modifying a pro-Mugabe song by adding some lyrics in praise of his long time arch-rival Tsvangirai.
Prosecutors say the villagers added the lyrics “navaTsvangirai” implying “together with Tsvangirai” to a Mbare Chimurenga choir song with the lyrics “chimbomirai makadaro” meaning “rule forever” which was being sang by some Zanu (PF) activists at a soccer field in Chiweshe.
The prosecutors say by so doing the villagers contravened Section 41 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 for conduct likely to provoke the breach of peace.
Chinyemba, Khumalo and Chironga are denying the allegations.
This is the second time in less than three months that Zimbabweans have landed in trouble for allegedly modifying songs sung in praise of Mugabe. In February, three residents of Penhalonga in Manicaland province were charged under the same law for allegedly singing a corrupted version of Mbare Chimurenga Choir’s Nyatsoteerera song at a funeral.
The residents, Faith Mudiwa, Patrick Chikoti and Phillip Dowera were accused of having sung: “Nyatsoterera unzwe kupenga muhofisi mune mboko nyatsoterera unzwe kupenga” and “Ngatishandei nesimba takabatana tibvise kamudhara aka muoffice mupinde president wenyika Morgan Tsvangirai (Listen carefully to the madman and idiot in the office. Let’s work hard to remove this old man from office and install Tsvangirai).”
Mbare Chimurenga’s songs are currently enjoying unprecedented airplay on the state-run radio and television channels.