Zimbabwe detains Bobi Wine at airport, bans his songs

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Bobi Wine speaking at MDC event

By New Zimbabwe

Kyadondo East singing MP was over the weekend barred from performing on Zimbabwean soil.

While arriving at Harare airport on Saturday, Bobi Wine was forced to sign by Zimbabwean authorities confirming that he was not going to sing any of his inciting songs at the MDC Gweru elective congress where he was invited as main guest.

While delivering his speech at this year’s Convention of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in Zimbabwe hosted by Nelson Chamisa, Bobi Wine revealed he had been detained for hours by authorities at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport when he touched down early Saturday morning.

“As I was entering Zimbabwe at the airport, I had to sign, an understanding that I am not coming to Zimbabwe to sing,” he is quoted by New Zimbabwe as saying.

“I understand it because in some countries one has to get permission because I am known as a performer. I understood it.”

He added: “I also understood it because my music is not just entertainment. It is edutainment and that is why it has been banned in Uganda and other African countries that fear revolution through music.”

He then sung a rendition of Giant Mama Land. Wine’s music contains lyrics which critique the manner in which Uganda and other countries have been destroyed by dictatorship and corruption.

Wine and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) representatives Babu Owino and Edwin Sifuna were detained at the airport for some two hours by state security agents who went on to demand that ODM secretary general Owino disclose to them contents of the speech he was going to deliver at the same event.

“I told them that I carry a message from my president, Raila Odinga and they can listen to my address today,” said Owino.

Odinga and late MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai were close friends while their parties enjoyed mutual respect, having been in almost exact situations in Kenya and Zimbabwe.

At the Gweru event, a group of ZANLA liberation fighters pledged their allegiance to the MDC.

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