Mai Chisamba furious over donation hoax

HARARE - Veteran television presenter Rebecca Chisamba, better known as Mai Chisamba, has denied claims by visual artist Raphel Jamu that she donated $7 000 to the Chinhoyi-based sketcher’s Hillock Arts Foundation.

Jamu recently asked the Daily News to publicise “Mai Chisamba’s generous donation” but the newspaper smelt a rat after the chat show host branded the supposed gift a hoax.

“Jamu’s claim is a total lie,” said Mai Chisamba.

“Where do you think I can get that kind of money from? This is really shocking; it is the joke of the year.”

Seeking to get to the bottom of the matter, the Daily News phoned the Chinhoyi-based artist in the presence of Mai Chisamba leaving Jamu with no choice but to own up and apologise.

“I am sorry for lying,” was all the deceitful artist could say.

Mai Chisamba told the Daily News that her name was increasingly being abused by some dishonest people for selfish reasons.

“I am tired of people who abuse my name. Many people move around falsely claiming that Mai Chisamba is a very rich owner of a fleet of commuter omnibuses and that I run several security companies around the country.

“I have received a number of phone calls from different people urging me to improve the welfare of employees who work for these companies said to be mine.

“It is very frustrating because last year people called me from Bulawayo begging me to release a security guard supposedly working for me so that he could attend his father’s burial.

“It was a real shock to me because I don’t own a security company,” said the popular chat show host.

Mai Chisamba added that many people wrongly believe that she is wealthy on account of her popularity as a television personality.

“In Zimbabwe, being a celebrity does not necessarily mean you are rich.

“Fame and money are not synonymous. I do the work I do because I have a passion for it not because I get a lot of money.

“I have no capacity to donate $7 000 to anyone because that is a lot of money,” said Mai Chisamba.


Comments (1)

I have a worrying issue and need advise from Mama Chisamba! I once read a similar story from sunday mail a few weeks ago. My marriage is stagnant. My husband spent his lifetime in our marriage taking care of his mother. His life circles around his mom and his sister, We are now grandparents but with no direction, no home and nothing to point a finger. My husband has so much favour for jobs and people of influence but he has nothing. It has been hard for him to send his own children to school. I used to do everything from the day we got married. But with age I am now slowing down I am still a lodger. we don't plan and we don't discuss anything. If you cross line with the moms dota (tete) mom wont like you. Mai chisamba its a long and disturbing life. My husband can spend time with her mom they can talk and talk but he does not have story with me, or his children. in fact he has no relations with his own children. My worry is that I over 50 years and am now drifting away from my mother in law and her this (tete) they have haunted my life so much. I am a woman who tries to work so hard but I now don't have anything I can show. I am very disturbed. especially as a Christian I am finding it hard to continue???? thanks you mai chisamba please don't disclose my email address or name.

Miracle Nessa - 23 June 2014

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