“Kubata mari hachizi chivi chenjerera matsvagiro, nemashandisiro… PaDollar machinda ndati musareva nhema, ndopane hondo yese…Kumakana kuzhinji, zvinzvimbo kurwidzana, nyangwe kusawirirana zvese” this goes some of the lyrics from Zora superstar’s song, Dollar Boy, off his new album Zvangu zvaita released towards the end of 2013. He is reminding the nation here that there is nothing wrong with acquiring wealth, but how you acquire that wealth is what matters, obviously preaching against corruption, a theme he has touched on in previous songs. He condemns the unorthodox ways people use to position themselves in order to acquire wealth.
The very thing that Zhakata touches on is happening today, with the Happison Muchecheteres, the Cuthbert Dubes and the Gershem Pasis of Zimbabwe reportedly earning up to $310 000 per month, while the hardworking poor Zimbabweans with no political connections toil in vain. Graduates are jobless and money less, Zhakata adds in the song.
In the song, which was number 3 on the Radio Zimbabwe top hits on the first weekend of March, Zhakata also acknowledges the country’s potential wealth and encourages nationals to be creative and work hard to improve their lifestyles, but Zhakata needs to be reminded here that as long as corruption this may be difficult to achieve a fate that may be a pipe dream as long corruption goes unchecked. Hopefully, Zhakata’s song will get the leaders to fight the practice to the bitter end.
With parliamentarians across the political divide, there is a glimmer of hope that some unfortunate corrupt big sharks will be fished out.
Maybe Zhakata’s song will also awaken the general populace to rise against corruption. It is a pity that Harare residents experience perennial water problems when the bulk of the money collected from rates lines the pockets of the directorate, who in addition, help themselves to prime land that could raise revenue for council, while some senior politicians seem to be protecting corruption as recently experienced when Local Government Minister, Ignatius Chombo nullified the suspension of Dr. Tendai Mahachi by council, and the recent statement by Vice President Amai Mujuru that the media should leave the fat corrupt cats. One wonders what role such politicians have played in fueling corruption.
Well done Leonard Zhakata, keep on saying it like it is, and support President Mugabe and Parliament of Zimbabwe’s stance against corruption. You are a man of the people, a man of the downtrodden. God bless you.