Zambia – Popular hip hop recording artist, Fumba Chama also known as PilAto, has fled the country after receiving death threats over his song, Koswe Mumpoto (Rat in the Pot).
The Amnesty International said that the song was interpreted as being critical of President Edgar Lungu and his ministers.
The Amnesty’s deputy director for southern Africa, Muleya Mwananyanda, said: “The brazen determination by some in Zambia to silence dissenting views can only spell doom for the culture of robust engagement that the country has been known for.”
According to Amnesty, Chama sings that the “ruling elite are behaving like rats that steal food and eat, including things that they do not need,”.
On 5th of January, the singer fled Zambia after receiving a video message in December recorded by cadres of the governing Patriotic Front (PF), who threatened to beat him for releasing the song, which has been a huge hit since it came out in December, Amnesty added.
The chairperson of the PF for Central Province had ordered Chama to stop singing the song on 11 December. Radio and TV stations were also ordered to stop playing it by the authorities, Amnesty said.