Mundia Mukubesa, better known as Petersen has been running a smart campaign for the mayoral seat in Lusaka. It had seemed like a joke when Petersen showed up at the Lusaka Civic Centre to file his nomination as a candidate. It had almost seemed like one of those wishy-washy undertakings that were just an egoistic fulfilment of infant dreams. But Zagaman or is it Zagaze has clicked with some mass of prospective voters.
One has got to admire the sincerity of Petersen in evaluating his chances in the mayoral race. Petersen has conducted an honest appraisal of his chances which is accurately reflected in his campaign song “Tikosesa” which translates in we would make it difficult. Petersen knows very well how hard it would be for him to win the Lusaka mayoral seat given his credentials that may beyond the enthusiasm of youth just has him dismissed as an entertainer. He has not been so outright about winning but making a mark on this campaign. The better enlightened could classify his pursuit in the league of the “strike a blow and die”. Strike a blow and die in script of Malawian independence hero William Chilembwe. Enough about history lessons! Petersen is not only coming up against a campaign that is heavily viewed as a two horse race between the Patriotic Front and the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND).
He is standing on the nondescript People’s Alliance for Change (PAC) that is rather seeming like just fulfilling an electoral obligation to field a candidate. But Petersen who will appear on the ballot as Mundia Mukubesa has not let the negative vibe weigh him down and has gone about his campaign business alongside his youthful president Andyford Mayele Banda. It is very clear that Petersen has emerged as the neutrals’ choice. Petersen could very easily cause an upset on July 26 if his vibe continues resonating with the Lusaka voters. Of course winning may be a tad too far but Zagaze may have come of age to finally practice what he has preached over the years. He has made the right political and societal commentaries in his music over the years. His voice has resonated with the downtrodden of society making him a rare moral voice in music circles.
His trademark songs like Anyandule, Bufi (collaboration with Pilato) and now Spartacus are some of the social commentaries that set him apart from the crowd. He may not win the mayoral race but Zagaman deserves some respect. He is a man simply living his dream. It may not come to fruition this time given the dominance the ruling Patriotic Front enjoys in Lusaka but surely Zagaman may just be happy to live his word.