Zimbabwe—Rockford Josphat a Zambian musician popularly known as Roki has left a section of citizens unhappy after he allegedly endorsed President Emmerson Mnangagwa in his new song “patati patata” featuring Congolese rhumba maestro Koffi Olomide and Tanzanian musician Rayvanny.
Mnangagwa was elected as president in 2018 under the Zanu-PF party, his office being preceded by the late Robert Mugabe. The head of state is still yearning to be re-elected in 2023.
On the track, Koffi’s deep voice is heard singing: “Zimbabwe hoyee! Ed Mnangagwa, Number 1!”
The MDC Alliance spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere, did not hide her disappointment. In a post on Facebook, she wrote “So, your plan is to capture artists, make them sing your praise, and then you will suddenly become popular?”
“It will not work. The people can see from their pockets that the country is going in the wrong direction. Rhumba propaganda won’t change this. We need new leaders,” she added.
Media activist Hopewell Chin’ono was also not hesitant to show his displeasure. He said “The song died even before it was even heard. It is probably the most expensive music production in Zimbabwe, but it will die because one name was mentioned.”
Socialite Tatelicious born Tatenda Zenzo Karigambe in a live chat with Passion java on Instagram criticized them for bringing Koffi Olomide to Zimbabwe so that he can endorse the president.
Before going live, she took to social media to show how angry she was.
“What a waste of an international collaboration. Shuwa kuunza Koffi Olomide munyika so that he endorses Mnangagwa.” Posted the socialite.
The song was recorded under Passion Java Records, a company owned by prosperity preacher Passion Java who is vigorously pushing on social media for Mnangagwa’s popularity.n