By Panashe Kaseke
Wicknell Chivhayo, a Zimbabwean businessman and social media personality, has gifted musician Jah Prayzah a brand new 2023 Mercedes Benz S500 4MATIC worth US$180,000.
This extravagant gesture comes as a token of appreciation for Jah Prayzah’s vocal support of the ruling ZANU PF party and President Emerson Mnangagwa.
In a Facebook post, Chivhayo hailed Jah Prayzah’s unwavering loyalty and the impactful role his music played in ZANU PF’s recent political successes.
He specifically praised songs like “Mudhara Vachauya,” “Kutonga Kwaro Gamba,” and “Chiremerera” for their deeper political meanings that aligned with Mnangagwa’s vision.
“It would be very unfair and grossly unreasonable for me not to also acknowledge and recognize our legend and superstar, the man himself, Jah Prayzah.
“My brother, not only has your music been consistent with our ZANU PF’s inevitable victory all the way but you are also the Zimbabwe National Army brand Ambassador crowned with a very senior rank of full Colonel, an appointment and rank that an ordinary citizen like me can only dream of.
“As my small way of saying thank you please kindly accept and go and immediately collect your new 2023 Mercedes Benz S500 4MATIC at Exquisite Dealership,” Chivhayo said.
This news has sparked mixed reactions in Zimbabwe. Some applaud Chivhayo’s generosity and view it as a well-deserved reward for Jah Prayzah’s artistic expression and political convictions. Others raise concerns about potential conflicts of interest and the optics of associating music with partisan politics.
Regardless of the differing viewpoints, one thing remains clear: Jah Prayzah’s music has undeniably played a significant role in Zimbabwe’s recent political landscape, and his new Mercedes Benz is a testament to the influence he wields.