Farayi Machamire 5 May 2017
HARARE – First Lady Grace Mugabe on Tuesday tore into Zanu PF Buhera South
MP Joseph Chinotimba describing a video he filmed of the critically ill
Dick “Cde Chinx” Chingaira as “sick”.
The video of the veteran musician, helplessly lying on his hospital bed,
has since gone viral on social media.
It has courted the ire of many Zimbabweans, including Grace’s daughter,
Bona, who drew her mother’s attention to the clip.
In the video, Chinotimba is heard asking the liberation war musician
whether they were playing good music for him in hospital, with Chingaira
battling to reply.
The video came as the Chingaira family has been fending off social media
claims that the revolutionary music icon had passed on.
“My daughter was unhappy,” Grace said.
“She said she saw Cde Chinx on you tube….I did not like it. We all get
sick and we will all eventually die.”
She added: “Other times we don’t even know that we are sick but only
realise after someone is dead. But even your enemies…don’t gloat over
your enemy’s misfortune, tomorrow it will become your misfortune.”
“Cde Chinx is someone we love, someone we respect, so when we see other
people vachifarisa kudaro hatifare (getting that excited. It saddens us).
“If Cde Chinx was given a choice he would not be in a wheelchair today.
Even his lovely wives will not want him in a wheelchair.
“This is actually the time that we pray for each other and feel pity for
each other, encouraging them that this happens to everyone and celebrate
like this and smile Cde Chinx.
“You are the only one in many people that receives such gifts…” she
Owing to his massive contribution to the local music industry, Zimbabwe
Music Awards (Zima) built a house for Chingaira.
“He has never benefited anything from music but just the fame,” Joseph
Nyadzayo, Zima chairperson, said.
The Roger Confirm singer once built his house which was razed down during
Operation Murambitsvina in 2005.
Grace said her heart bleeds for Chingaira’s misfortune as well as those
who continue to have their houses demolished after fully constructing
“The authorities that have allowed that to happen should be brought to
book… How was that land allocated in the first place,” she queried.