CONTROVERSY has erupted over Copperbelt based musician Pilato’s latest politically charged hit single ‘A Lungu Anabwera’. Critics of the musician have accused him of defaming Republican President Edgar Lungu in his song saying he is bringing the highest office in the land to ridicule.
But Pilato says he can not defame the Head of State with his song and was merely bringing out his message.
And the musician has revealed he has started receiving threats over his life since the track rattled its way on social media with massive shares.
The musician however says the intimidation coming from the Patriotic Front membership and senior government officials will not deter him from speaking about the ills in the country.
Pilato, who has shot to national attention over his polarizing lyrical content laced with running political commentary says the Patriotic Front leadership taught Zambian’s the MMD was evil and wondered why the PF was now in bed with them.
“Those that claim to be friends and believers in the ideals of the PF should be the first to apologise because, its the PF that taught us the evils we knew and know about the MMD. It is the PF that told us that the MMD were corrupt, it is the PF that told us that the MMD were responsible for sufferings of the so many Zambians today. It is the PF that told us that for us to move forward we needed to vote the government out.” Pilato said
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POLICE in Lusaka have instituted investigations into the alleged defamation of the President by musician Chama Fumba, alias Pilato, and have recorded statements from four complainants.
And the Zambia Association of Musicians (ZAM) has advised artistes to respect the presidency.
Lusaka Province commissioner of police Charity Katanga said in an interview yesterday that police are investigating the matter and assured that they will get to its root.
By press time, Ms Katanga said police had recorded four statements and members of the public were still going to file complaints at various police stations.
“Currently, we have recorded three statements and I have just been informed that another member of the public is making a similar complaint at Chilenje Police Station,” Ms Katanga said.
She said the first statement was recorded from Patriotic Front (PF) provincial secretary Maximo Kakumba, 36, of Lusaka’s Garden township.
Ms Katanga said Mr Kakumba complained to the police about Pilato’s song and an article in the Post newspaper edition of May 30, 2015 under the headline: “Pilato’s song excites Lungu’s critics”.
“He complained that the article is demeaning to the head of state and also about Pilato’s song, which he produced before the police,” she said.
Ms Katanga said Mr Kakumba told the police that the song by Pilato is allegedly targeted at President Lungu, which is disrespectful and has brought the name of the head of state into disrepute.
Ms Katanga said Mr Kakumba’s statement was recorded yesterday at Lusaka Central Police Station around 10:00 hours.
And ZAM secretary-general Gloria Kabongo said in a separate interview yesterday that artists should be mindful when making reference to the President.
“We should be mindful of what we sing about. Even when we express ourselves, we should do it within the confines of the law.
“The presidency is the highest office of our land, hence the need to respect the office-holder,” she said.
Ms Kabongo advised artists to desist from singing about the President in a demeaning and insulting manner.
She said Zambian artists are lucky because they go scot-free whenever they insult the President.
Ms Kabongo said this does not happen in other countries.
And Evangelical Youth Alliance International (EYAI) president Moses Lungu has called on President Lungu to take legal action against Pilato.
He said relevant authorities should ban Pilato’s song because it is a bad song that should not be given airplay
Reverend Lungu called on the police to take action against the musician because his behaviour is unacceptable.
And MMD national youth chairperson Bowman Lusambo said that the youth are disappointed with Pilato.
“Though some people are saying that he is an artist and should be allowed to express himself, the song he has sung demeans the President,” he said.
Mr Lusambo said it is unfortunate that Pilato keeps mentioning President Lungu and the MMD in a disrespectful manner in his song.
LYRICS TO THE SONG
Alungu anabwela kuchokela ku chawama…..
Kuchawama kuja Sana sebenzo nditu
Pubwelako kuja ana tenga sutu case
Mu sutu case muja munali ma jemasoni
Pamupando wakateka anapeza nipovuta
Alungu ana ganiza son nizayenda kuti kateka wa PF anamwalila kudala
Alungu ana ganiza sono nizabweza uti? RB na Dora ninabweza nikudala
Pantu balya Ba MMD empulumushi shikalamba ishakuya ikata abaiche bakalume mulandu wansala.
Alungu anabwela nogulisa pati yao,
RB na bana banabwela mu PF, mu PF muja bana tenga namanchito,
Alungu balemela noyi balako banzao, Kambwi ana ganiza sono nizayenda kuti? Ni Party yanga iyi tinapanga namudala.
Guy Scot ana ganiza sono nizayenda kuti? Ni Party yanga iyi tinapanga namunzanga mama…..
Takwaba umuntu uwakuti apyana umuntu umunobe elo lya wapyana, walaba no muntu uyo wapyene walaba na bana ebo ashile………
Antu amu Zambia benzo funisisa change na change inabwela bana sanka ba PF
Na RB poyenda analila nditu sure…
Manje ba PF babweza be tinapisha?
Bantu ba ganiza naku voter nikwachani? Tina Voter ba PF manje lelo ba Gulisa, nama carder yaganiza manje tizachita chani akulu bantu bonse awe lelo ba gulisiwa.
Campaign yaba MMd batile Sata akaleta inkoto, aba Aids akabaposa mumumana?Aba mabele ayakulu akabaputulako am abele? Nomba Lesa ifi aba nimalyotola bushe Sata ewatwele inkondo ku ba Lozi?
Katwishi mayo hehehe mwandi bushe abantu bakene ishina lya MMD? Bakene abali mu MMD cameleon tachinja achinja fye color lelo ni blue mailo ni green hehehehehehehehe.