Zimbabwe denies Freshlyground a visa after Mugabe chicken jibe

2014-05-05 12:56

Harare - South African Afro-pop group Freshlyground was denied entry into Zimbabwe, an official said on Monday, apparently over a song portraying President Robert Mugabe as a "chicken" afraid to relinquish power.

Freshlyground flew into Zimbabwe on Sunday, where they were billed to perform as the main act at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA), but were turned back at the Harare international airport.

"The group was sent back because they did not have a valid work permit," Francis Mabika, Zimbabwe immigration spokesperson said.

"Their permit had not been processed so they could not be allowed to enter the country."

Mabika would not give details of why the permit was not processed.

"Ask them (Freshlyground). They know the reasons why they were denied," he said.

Freshlyground said on Twitter: "We regret to announce that we were denied entry into Zim today.
'reasons not given'. We are hugely disappointed. Cluck cluck cluck."

Freshlyground was previously denied entry into Zimbabwe to perform at a concert after they released a song Chicken to change poking fun at Mugabe, who has been in power since 1980.

The group also posted the following on their Facebook page on Sunday night:

Zimbabwean fans of the popular group expressed their outrage at the latest ban on Twitter, where it was also pointed out that the song Chicken to change had received thousands of new hits on Youtube.

HIFA organisers were forced to call in other groups to perform on Sunday evening.

"Freshlyground arrived at Harare International Airport but will not be performing at HIFA this year," HIFA said in a statement released on Sunday.


  • Lusenga Checkers - 2014-05-05 14:31

    Zim leaders are corupt!some of them have been imposed sanctions.

  • Sipho Simon Mogale - 2014-05-05 14:39

    They will perform after the death of Mugabe even zim will rise after that

  • Thami Thami - 2014-05-05 14:41

    I got a spare croc to help Fg cross the border.....they must just contact me personally......kwaaaaakwaaaa.....lol

  • Herbert Sithole - 2014-05-05 14:42

    that's how mugabe operates, the devil himself.

      Lassy Computec Computec Lassy - 2014-05-06 18:04

      you lyn' man

  • Nhlapo Pk Phoka - 2014-05-05 14:44

    Good song. Shame Mugabe shame.

  • Us3rname - 2014-05-05 15:26

    Zim's loss anyway!

  • Sanele AkaNathinyc Molula - 2014-05-05 17:50

    well done freshly Ground!

  • Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-05-05 18:08

    He's chicken!!!!!

  • nzamaqsw_1 - 2014-05-05 20:05

    He chickened out..... bloody chicken.

  • Boer Boel - 2014-05-05 20:42

    Is there no KFC in Zim?!

  • Len Carstens - 2014-05-06 14:39

    Mugabe did not like the spices.

  • Lassy Computec Computec Lassy - 2014-05-06 18:03

    Our farther King of Africa Bob the Legend ,You think Mzans will stay forever as good as it was before u kill Teleblach, things going tough bit by bit and now u want to come in Zim, its our time Live him alone

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