- The banners carried by the Mthwakazi claimed Cal_Vin was killed for 'speaking the truth.'
By Keith Mlauzi
IT was an eventful weekend for Bulawayo as the city’s Hip Hop icon Calvin Nhliziyo was laid to rest.
As expected at such events the unthinkable can happen, a lot of things happened but one captured the attention of many and sent tongues wagging.
It was the Mthwakazi Movement group changing the agenda of the star’s funeral into an anti-Gukurahundi demonstration.
Bulawayo was brought to a stand still on Saturday and Sunday with traffic gem in the city center as the late Hip Hop ‘King’ was paraded in ‘his’ city before laid to his final resting place.
He was given a king’s send off by parading him in the city and a concert of remembrance. Radical pressure group UMthwakazi Movement saw it as an opportunity to demonstrate against the Gukurahundi genocide.
Visible from a distance was a handful group of people carrying banners with a highly controversial message.
The banners carried by the Mthwakazi claimed Cal_Vin was killed for ‘speaking the truth.’
The banners had a number of messages, such as #JusticeForCal_Vib Bulawayo Artists Lifes Matter and in red (For blood) bold font ‘WE SAY NO TO GUKURAHUNDI GENOCIDE”.
This desperate move by the UMthwakazi group captured the attention of many including that of Cal_Vin’s close friend kwaito artiste Mzoe 7.
Speaking to Zimbabwe Voice Mzoe 7 denounced this move, saying: “There was no need for them to turn the funeral into a Gukurahundi demonstration for their political mileage.
“Of course we all want justice for Cal_Vin and we will demand it but people should not divert the funeral to suit their own egos,” said Mzoe 7.
A lot of people questioned the motive behind turning death into a tribal and political war.
“If political parties want to help, they should do so genuinely not for their own benefit, imagine the money spent printing that controversial banner, they could have given it to the family and would go a long way in helping the family with some costs after the funeral,” said Mncedisi Luphahla an attendee of the parade.
The Mthwakazi has become notorious and unpopular for it’s extreme tribal ideologies. It has performed dismally in all general elections and by-elections.
Cal_Vin died last week on Sunday in a hit and run incident, the suspect has been arrested after he handed himself to the police on Wednesday. – Zimbabwe Voice ■