Zimbabweans React To Soul Jah Love’s Liberation Hero Status
The late Zimdancehall chanter Soul Jah Love has been declared a liberation hero by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. The musician, born Soul Musaka, died on Tuesday night at the age of 31, at the Mbuya Dorcas Hospital in Harare.
The announcement of the chanter’s liberation hero status was generally celebrated by Zimbabweans on social media, who applauded the authorities for honouring the talented musician. However, some people appeared confused by the liberation hero status and questioned the criteria which were used to confer it on Soul Jah Love. Others also took an exception to the government’s alleged double standards when it comes to selecting national heroes.
Here us how some Zimbabweans reacted to Soul Jah Love’s liberation status:
Zanu PF’s awarding of liberation hero status to ZimDanceHall star Soul Muzavazi Musaka (Soul Jah Love) shows that the music genre he represented, a product of local content strategy, has now become part of a discontented youth social movement; big reservoir of political capital. pic.twitter.com/tNttQyXZAo
— TheNewsHawks (@NewsHawksLive) February 18, 2021
Heroism has ranks which the national hero status is the highest followed by the provincial liberation war hero status. His contributions are at par with those who fought the war. It’s a befitting send off. It urges the youths to work hard for recognition
— Baron McDonald Mukundi (@baron_mcdonald) February 18, 2021
Not just Matabeleland people. Anyone who doesn’t lick them or give them mileage. Only a few months ago, Mukudzei Mudzi one of the stalwarts of the liberation struggle was shunned.
— Freeman (@freemanchari) February 18, 2021
@edmnangagwa and administration, thank you for recognizing & conferring Soul Jah Love a Liberation Hero status! Zimdance hall will never be the same without you! Rest well Chibaba! pic.twitter.com/88qc0H3WMy
— Paidamoyo Mutsvairo (@PaidamoyoMutsv1) February 18, 2021
He is a Hero zve liberation i dont know zvikunyorerwei, There is confusion in this ZANU PF …
— Unscrupulous Darkforce (@Unscrupulousda1) February 18, 2021
Imagine, there are real liberation heroes and heroines out there, dead and alive but never recognized. This is just a joke of the year. ZANU yazvisetera pace yaisazofa yakakwanisa. What a desperation?
— stride chibi (@StrideChibi) February 18, 2021
ZANUPF declared SoulJah Love a provincial hero to tap into public sentiment.
Yet what SoulJah Love needed was healthcare when he was alive.
He couldn’t get it because ZANUPF looted the State coffers dry and hospitals are not working!
Citizens need hospitals not empty accolades pic.twitter.com/jp5QJHlHfq
— Hopewell Chin’ono #2020 Africa People’s Journalist (@daddyhope) February 18, 2021
That’s the language in the Revolutionary Party… It’s our way of saying Provincial Hero… Hamungazvinzwisise izvi
— Kudzai Mutisi (@KMutisi) February 18, 2021
Do you know what is a hero Sir🎤
— hoochy (@illustrious_g) February 18, 2021
he is just a national hero not a liberation the war ended 10 years before his birth
— kennedy banda (@snrballer82) February 18, 2021
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