By Robert Mukondiwa
It has been an argument that has held for so long. Hosiah Chipanga must be a mad person.
Surely that heavy laden message that he delivers blow by blow with every passing breath in his music cannot be the musing of a sane man. Certainly not.
A walk down the corridors of his mind must be a haunting experience; like a foray in the mouth of madness-surely.
So after hearing of his new venture into the world of active politics, Saturday Herald Lifestyle decided to take the trip down the mountains of the eastern gem of Mutare, braving the equally insane cold of winter along with the bitter cold rains, to visit Hosiah Chipanga.
Pen in hand and with the scalpel of lay psychological inquisitiveness, the odyssey was to finally understand the real man behind the lyrics and philosophy of the musician, the poet and the man; Hosiah Chipanga.
“Yes, I intend to stand for Parliament as an independent candidate for Dangamvura-Chikanga constituency,” says the man calmly.
Hosiah, for all his firebrand music and episodes that seem to be energetic rantings, is a remarkably calm spirit who can even pass for an introvert.
And as far as he is concerned, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, (Zec), merely has to go through the motions and just decree that Hosiah Chipanga is the winning candidate no less — it is a foregone conclusion!
“The people have always seen me as their leader through the music. I have been an advocate of the philosophy that says we have to work for our community and help the poor and now I am just going the final mile, the final step and just put the words of my music into action and help the poor get out of poverty,” he says confidently.
And while others may giggle as he speaks, he is nonchalant and perfectly believes the time has come for him to serve people in his immediate community.
Perhaps he is onto something.“People are not stupid. You see this road we are driving along,” he asks rhetorically, “the graders (earthmovers) only came here recently, just last week to make this road a bit better. That is what these people do.
They come a minute before the elections and do one good deed before disappearing for the next five years after getting the vote. The people are wisened to that nonsense and will no longer have anything of it,” he declares.
With a naughty smile, he says he is a member of the community and lives amongst the poor of the constituency and hence they will rally behind him.
“They know me. I live with them and have encountered the same bad events they have encountered and I live the same poverty that they live in. I can best represent them as a parliamentarian. Perhaps when I am near the seat of Government I can best sell their story and pull my community out of poverty,” he says wearing yet another naughty smile.
His campaign line says it all; “I am here to finish poverty and not finish the poor!” when translated directly —coarsely.