Artists in politics, a voice for the people or opportunists?

Artists in politics, a voice for the people or opportunists?

With at least a few days for Zimbabweans to exercise their rights of electing their leaders.
This year political parties have candidates who are coming from different works of life, a few are from the arts showbiz industry.

In the past artists from various sectors have lamented over the deaf – ear and blind eyes that the government has been giving them when they share their grievances with them.

This year more than four entertainment artists are contesting for parliament and council seats.
The ruling party ZANU PF has candidates who are active in the music industry, which include Sandra Sibindi popularly known as Sandra Ndebele in the arts industry. Sandra is vying for the council seat in Bulawayo’s ward 20.

The former Minister of Media and communications, Energy Mutodi is also hoping to return in the House of Assembly as a member of parliament. Tatenda Mavetera also seeking a return for Seke Chikomba constituency. She is popularly known for playing the role of Tendai Jari in one of the longest aired soaps in Zimbabwe, Studio 263.

While the third largest party in parliament, Citizens’ Coalition for Change is represented by award winning poet and arts activist, Desire Moyo at Nkulumane Constituency as the aspiring Member of Parliament.

Running for the Lobengula Magwegwe constituency as the aspiring Member of parliament  under  ZAPU is the Media entrepreneur, filmmaker and podcast, Nigel Ndlovu.

The major question is, are entertainment festivals, fashion shows and other platforms in the entertainment industry going to be supported or funded if one of the these aspiring artists are voted in public offices.

Tapiwa Rubaya

Tapiwa Rubaya is the current affairs, fashion and sports reporter at My Afrika Magazine.

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