Former cabinet minister David Coltart has implored the Minister of Sports Kirsty Coventry to protect artists and let them enjoy their freedom as enshrined in the country’s Constitution.

“As a former Minister of Art to the current one – Minister Kirsty Coventry
what are you going to do to protect freedom of artistic expression as enshrined in our Constitution?

“@winkydonline last night was illegally stopped from singing a song which condemns corruption. Please act,” said Coltart.

Meanwhile, Norton Independent Member of Parliament Temba Mliswa also implored Coventry to take action and he blasted government for shameful conduct:

“A government that is confident in its conduct and policies doesn’t operate like this. This is shameful! You can’t be so insecure as a Gvt to the point of fighting even musicians! Why fuel anger and frustration among people? This lacks both sophistication and thinking.”

Their comments came after the popular musician Winky D’s first live show since the release of his contentious album Eureka courted controversy after members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police ordered him to stop his live performance at the Blue Roof at Damview in Chitungwiza on Saturday evening.

Winky D, whose real name is Wallace Chirumiko, attempted to sing his latest song iBotso and members of the ZRP stormed the stage leading to violent skirmishes on the stage, leading to angry reactions from revellers.