Thomas Mapfumo fears arrest
Thomas Mapfumo’s United States-based promoter, Al Green,
In a letter to the Zimbabwean chapter of the international human rights group, Green said Mapfumo had been informed that there were plans to eliminate him during his visit to the country. In the message, Green says: “I am sure you recognise Mukanya’s name, and are aware of the persecution and censorship that the Mugabe regime has allowed upon this important social commentator and artist. Thomas has received word from sources within the Harare police department that there will be an attempt on his life should he return to Zimbabwe.
“This is in retaliation for Thomas’ messages to Zimbabweans in his music, messages which are critical of Mugabe. Thomas is currently in the US on a working visa and is planning to return home this month.” Green said despite the fact that the Mugabe regime had become very vicious,