Zanu PF paper pushes for Freshly Ground HIFA ban
By Staff Reporter
Harare – The Patriot newspaper, owned by Zanu PF Nyanga South MP and Deputy Information Minister Super Mandiwanzira, is pushing to have South African afro-pop group Freshly Ground banned from performing at this years Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA).
According to the paper in 2010 Freshly Ground “released a song, ‘Chicken to Change’ that questioned the legitimacy of President Robert Mugabe.” The paper also clamed “the song portrayed President Mugabe as a ‘power hungry’ individual who did not have the mandate of the people.”
“The song condemns President Mugabe for his revolutionary stand in defending Zimbabwe’s sovereignty and his refusal to be a puppet of Western imperialists.
The video of the song, directed by ZANews and designed by South Africa’s Cartoonist, Zapiro is not only a caricature of President Mugabe’s life, but shows ZANU PF as a party without Zimbabweans at heart,” the newspaper added.
HIFA’s media liaison officer, Tafadzwa Simba defended the organisation’s invitation of Freshly Ground insisting the group was not banned in the country.
“As HIFA we always deal with records and it is not on record that the band was banned and our invite is solely to entertain Zimbabweans. We don’t believe inviting Freshly Ground to Zimbabwe will cause any disturbances or damages.”