B-Flow blasts PF cadres for being insensitive over the death of Vespers
By Staff Reporter
ARTIST Bryan Bwembya, popularly known as B flow, has castigated PF cadres in the diaspora for condemning his solidarity with University of Zambia (UNZA) students whilst winning the hearts of the latter for championing their cause against injustice.
And a song by B-flow critical of the PF government following police brutality that resulted into the death of UNZA fourth year student, Vespers Shimuzhila has gone viral on social media.
On Friday, students mobbed B-flow for selfies as he gave them moral support during the solidarity march shortly after the funeral service of their late colleague at the University of Zambia Seventh Day Adventist church in Lusaka.
B-flow, who is also Zambia Association of Musicians publicity secretary and recently crowned 2018 international artist Kwacha award winner was seen posing for several photos with the students, expressing sympathy and empathy for them following police brutality.
Students crowded the musician, chanting “Obama, Obama, Obama” whilst others were heard saying, “This guy is the main man!”.
The award winning and internationally acclaimed musician later castigated PF cadres in the diaspora, and New York in particular, in a Facebook post, for labeling him political for his support and show of solidarity to the students.
“ My role is to promote peace, before, during and after elections as well as to exercise my right to vote. Anyone who knows the name B-flow will tell you that I do not participate in partisan politics because I respect my fans and do not wish to divide them. For me, humanity will always come before politics, hence I cannot be silent in order to please you, especially when a life has been lost. ‘apo pena mubepelefye’ (-on that one you must be joking). Had it been your child who died in similar circumstances, would you still be saying what you are saying?” he asked.
He went on to demand that the mentality of “painting people black” each time they speak for the voiceless must come to an end even though “caderism” is in fashion in African politics.
“If you choose to be a cadre, well and good but please do not blindly support everything even if it’s a violation of human rights. Be a good cadre for the sake of the future generations and for the sake of the country. Do not lose your love for humanity in the name of being a supporter. A bad cadre is one who fails to acknowledge that losing a child is a great loss to parents and losing a student is a great loss to the country because it affects the economy,” he said.
He advised them to be good cadres in order to be good citizens who knew that the survival of the poor was dependent on equal distribution of wealth or economic freedom coupled with peace, respect for rule of law and justice for all.
B flow has in the recent past been endorsed by former USA president Barrack Obama as a champion of human rights in Zambia and is currently a good will ambassador for ‘I Care About her’ Campaign, which promotes gender equality.
Meanwhile, B-flow has released a song titled “Buju Brutality” condemning the police brutality that was exerted on UNZA students last week, which resulted in the death of Vespers and left several others injured.