Flamboyant businessman Philip Chiyangwa has hit back at Chimurenga music star Thomas Mapfumo after the latter accused him of fleecing the poor.
The US-based Mapfumo in saying that he would not perform in Zimbabwe because he did not feel his fans could afford him, had also singled out Chiyangwa as an example of the rich swimming in sea of poverty.
Chiyangwa, in an interview with NewZimbabwe.com, has dismissed Mapfumo calling him a coward for not facing his trial back home and ‘camouflaging’ his self-imposed exile. Chiyangwa also accused Mukanya – as Mapfumo is affectionately called by his fans – of making up stories about what is happening in Zimbabwe, saying that he was out of touch with the situation back home.
While it is easy to be critical of Chiyangwa because of his political connections, you can see what he is saying here. It does not take away the fact that Mukanya’s comments were unfortunate at best.