25 June 2018
Musicians, socialites blast bombers
After the bomb blast during a ZANU PF rally at White City Stadium, local celebrities including, actors, actresses, musicians and socialites have spoken against the violence which transpired.
THOMAS MAPFUMO (@chimurengamusic
We are all the great people of Zimbabwe. Let’s stand united and caring for each other. Use of violence & bloodshed to resolve issues is bad. No matter what, let’s shun violence in Zimbabwe. We need to find common ground and non-violent ways to resolve issues. We condemn violence
BEN PARADZA (@BenParadza)
Whoever is responsible for this violent act just before a national election must be condemned. Politics is not war. It is about progress and leaving behind a legacy for future generations to build on. Only those with no brains resort to violence to gain power.
***He is a former High Court judge
MUSIC PRODUCER MACDONALD ‘MACDEE’ CHIDAVAENZI
As a country I know we have a lot of differences between us but it is my wish that we unite at such a time as this. What happened at White City Stadium is something that is not normal to us as a country. We only see such things on television, I also pray that this unfortunate situation will make us appreciate the peace that we enjoy in this country. This is a time where the human in us should be seen, may we all spread love
LOCAL FILMMAKER SHEM ZEMURA
Our society has changed so much there is so much hate and this is even evidenced by how we interact of social media, however what happened in Bulawayo should make us as a nation realize that we are one, it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that peace prevails in our nation.
HARARE SOCIALITE AND ENTREPRENEUR JOSEY MAHACHI
The explosion at White City Stadium is unacceptable. It is unfortunate that it happened at this stage of our journey to a new Zimbabwe but we will not allow that to stop us from rallying behind our President Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa and supporting him in taking our great nation back on track. To the families of those affected by the unfortunate incident we are praying for you all and please be strong and let us continue on the journey of making our nation prosperous again. Do not let us allow this to affect our unity and peace. Zimbabwe is still open for business!
LOCAL ACTRESS RUMBIDZAI MUSARURWA
I hope this will be the last time for us as a nations to experience something like this. In this new dispensation, our country has made so much strides in promoting investor confidence and the President has sealed a lot of mega deals for the country, however what happened is a setback and it is my prayer that what this will not affect us as a nation.
ENTREPRENEUR AND FASHIONISTA CYNTHIA BIZURE SITHOLE
If there is one thing that any progressive entrepreneur doesn’t want, it is violence because whenever violence occurs where you’re running your business it disturbs your operations. So as a businesswoman I am against what happened at White City Stadium because it destabilizes our country. In this new dispensation many businesspeople became hopeful of the future and this will never happen again in our beloved country.
LOCAL ACTOR EDDINGTON BHAURENI HAPATONGWE
I am an actor by profession and our plays can only be conducted in a conducive environment where peace is prevailing. We are supposed to be going to Bulawayo for theatre this coming week and I just hope that what happened will not make our audiences not come. Violence is really bad, if affects the image of our nation and it also negatively affects how we interact as a society.
FUND A CHILD EDUCATION ZIMBABWE FOUNDER (FACEZ) LISA CHIRISERI
As a philanthropist I have realized that the children of causalities are bound to suffer whenever violence claims lives and injure their parents and guardians. At our organisation, we are paying school fees for so many children whose parents died over violence incidences so in this new dispensation we pray that what happen will not happen again
SONG DIVA AND SOCIALITE -MOIRA KNIGHT
As Zimbabweans we are a peace loving people it is my prayer that peace will continue to prevail in our beloved country. I hope what happened at White City Stadium will make us get back to our first love and will unite us as a people. What happened should never happen again, my prayer goes to the victims as well as their families.
ZIM DANCEHALL CHANTER-SEH CALAZ
What happened on Saturday is undesirable. Everyone can attest to the fact that up to this stage, the political environment has been peaceful. I would like to encourage that we continue on that peaceful trajectory. It is our responsibility as Zimbabweans to promote and keep peace.
GOSPEL MUSICIAN- SABASTIAN MAGACHA
It’s not about who is the President at a given time, It’s about respect. God is the one who gives life and should rightfully be the one to take away that life. There’s no other way. It’s not biblical zvakaitika. Nyangwe ari ani aripachigaro we must respect life because we are not the authors and finishers of that life. Ndezvamwari. I’m not a politician but I know ending someone’s life is not Godly and of God. Tingaitirana zvimwe but zvakaitika is not Godly and not Zimbabwean. The Zimbabweans I know are not capable of such inhuman conduct. God authors our destinies not a grenade or bomb. We want peace inoendera mberi kusvikira kupfuura kwema elections. Peace is our identity as Zimbabweans it’s known globally.
ZIM DANCEHALL FEMALE CHANTER-LADY SQUANDA
I am shocked by the news and surprised by the events how it unfolded. It’s not our usual Zimbabwean style. As an artiste I urge people to continue observing peace. We all want our free and fair elections come July.
GOSPEL MUSICIAN-REV CHIVAVIRO
We pray for God to protect our Zimbabwean government and peace to prevail on our land. It’s unfortunate that there was a threat on our president’s life and several officials but we continue to pray for peace and to resolve our differences peacefully.
ZIM DANCEHALL CHANTER-FREEMAN
We want a peaceful Zimbabwe, that’s all I want.
SOCIAL COMMENTATOR -MAI CHISAMBA
We want peace, makwikwi haaitwe zvekuurayana. The one who takes life is God and no one responsible for someone’s death. Nguva yekufa haiunzwe nemunhu. Peace should prevail before and after elections.
Zimbabweans are well known as peace loving people.
We are all great people of Zimbabwe. Let’s stand united and caring for each other.
Use of violence and bloodshed to resolve issues is bad.
BOSS SPENCER MADZIYA
It was an unfortunate incident which has no place in Zimbabwean politics.
His Excellency since the operation restore legacy has been preaching the gospel of peace.
We can’t afford to go back to the dissident era. It is archaic retrogressive and should be condemned.
We want a peaceful Zimbabwe.
Maybe you are the one whose prayers are answered.
Please let’s all have respect, love peace and harmony in Zimbabwe, Amen.
A peaceful Zimbabwe where we can do great things together.
We can’t afford to lose our treasured peace that we are known for.
We need peace and stability, it’s priceless.
After Saturday’s blast I was shaken because for as long as I have known, Zimbabwe prides itself in being a peace loving nation.
Bomb blasts, racial discrimination, Xenophobia etc are things we’ve only read about in the media from other nations not Zimbabwe.
It’s really disappointing that this happened because it is just not in us to do such an unimaginable act.
All I wish for is for us as a nation to bury any political differences and move from a deadly seed that has been planted yekushaya matyira.
We need to go back to being peaceful and condemn any form of violence so that we create a conducive environment for the next generation.
We need to learn to tolerate each other as we move forward and not let our differences overshadow our ubuntu “Hunhu.”
As we head to our harmonised elections I pray that God continues to guide us and lead us back to the breadbasket we used to be. God bless Zimbabwe.
I am really sorry about what happened, the people affected and to our nation for experiencing something like this, it really unlike of our country.
I urge all Zimbabweans to be more united at this point in time and pray and fast for our beloved country so that this does not become part of our identity and culture as Zimbabweans.
Tinoda Zimbabwe yakanyarara isina kurwa, we might differ in our political opinions or views but violence is not the solution.
Let’s stand united even though we share different views.
It’s sad to learn of the unfortunate attacks that took place last Saturday. Political differences should never lead to such barbaric behaviour from our Zimbabwean people. We have always been known for peace throughout the world and I just hope we are able to move past this and go back to our peaceful ways of differing without killing. Our prayers go to the people who got hurt and those families affected. The Zimbabwe we want to see has nothing to do with before or after the blast but it’s a Zimbabwe we have always known and just pray we continue to know that one Zimbabwe.
I would love to see a better and peaceful country especially the youths; toda unity pasina violence
We want a violence free Zimbabwe.
We would like to extend our prayers to the victims from the blast that happened pa weekend and as a team we would want to ask Zimbabweans beyond our different political affiliation let’s create a peaceful environment and become one nation to build our nation which is the meaning of the election Peace begins with you Peace begins with me Peace begins with all of us..
We want peace in Zimbabwe. War is ugly and we want elections to be held peacefully. Runyararo runodiwa.
MUSICIAN LEONARD ZHAKATA
Our political leaders should be in forefront condemning such kind of behaviour and their supporters will follow their leaders in condemning violence. As a nation we should pray for our Zimbabwe.
MUSICIAN GUSPY WARRIOR
After this incident we want to see a democratic and peaceful Zimbabwe. We don’t want to see martial law in the country. It should remain a democratic country.
AFRO FUSION MUSICIAN DERECK MPOFU
When I heard of the news I didn’t believe it until I went on social media and saw it for myself, I hope this will never happen in our country again, I hope as a country we will remain united.
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