HARARE, 10 February 2021 – A spokesperson for the government of Zimbabwe who derided a song slamming corruption in the country seems to have made it only more popular.
It is “a very boring song”, Nick Mangwana told the BBC’s Channel 4.
Mangwana claimed that the song does not connect to the reality of Zimbabwe.
“Are people being arrested for corruption in Zimbabwe? Yes. Is there corruption in Zimbabwe? Yes. Is something being done about it? Yes,” said Mangwana clearly agreeing with millions who are no longer asking those questions but wondering why the government is not doing more to combat it.
Zimbabwean social media platforms are loving the song and performing a challenge of it.
Investigative journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono, has posted a video of him singing the track, inspiring other #DemLoot versions.
Chin’ono said he did it to engage Zimbabwean youth and to highlight the extent to which corruption is destroying the country.
Chin’ono spent the last three weeks in custody, detained for retweeting a video blaming a police officer for beating a child to death, which turned out to be false.
The journalist has been detained three times in six months and was denied bail for almost three weeks during his last detention.
Press freedom advocates say Chin’ono is targeted for his criticism of the Zimbabwean government.