Promoter blames Sirewu for fake Jaguar promise

HARARE - Businessman-cum-gospel music promoter, William Mikaye,  who mooted the idea to honour Mechanic Manyeruke for his contribution to gospel music, has distanced himself from the empty promise to give the granddad of gospel music a Jaguar XF car.

“When we came up with the idea of honouring Baba Manyeruke, we were three with other guys and when preparations for the concert were at an advanced stage, Shepherd Sirewu approached us saying he wished to use our event to promise a car to Manyeruke,” Mikaye said.

“To be clear, we are not involved in the Jaguar promise.”

The idea to give Manyeruke a car  was announced by Sirewu ahead of the Mechanic Manyeruke Tribute Concert organised by Mikaye and held at  the Harare International Conference Centre last year.

Mikaye said they were not happy with the manner in which the sponsor, Sirewu disrespected and lied to Manyeruke, complaining that their noble idea was spoiled.

Sirewu’s Pride Africa Network, a development and research organisation, promised to donate the posh car to the veteran gospel artiste as part of events lined up to celebrate the Moses singer’s 40-year career.

The car was supposed to be handed over to the 71-year-old artiste on December 19 during a dinner to be held at Rainbow Towers in honour of the gospel music legend by Pride Africa Network, but nothing came of that promise.

Sirewu, chief executive officer of Pride Africa Network, was forced to eat his words after failing to honour his promise.

Sirewu has come up with lame excuse after lame excuse after he failed to give Manyeruke his ride.

Firstly, he said budgetary issues scuttled the December Jag handover plans and claimed he would hand over the ride by March, which came and went without honouring his promise. He now says the “the economy is in bad shape,”  raising questions why he made a promise to hand over the vehicle in the first place, before securing funds.

Sirewu has now conveniently blamed the media for giving him bad publicity. He says the fundraising projects have failed to gain traction because “many people we wanted to work with have now snubbed us as they think we are a bunch of crooks .”

Sirewu was bubbling with confidence when he announced he would give Manyeruke a Jagguar, saying it was an honour to his pioneering role in Zimbabwe’s gospel music and deserved to be recognised.

Manyeruke, who has been at the pinnacle of Zimbabwean gospel music for four decades, has handled the false promise with humility, even though he was taken down the  garden path.

Meanwhile, several top Zimbabwean gospel musicians performed at a show dubbed The Tribute to Baba Manyeruke Concert at Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) organised by Mikaye.

Mikaye said all the proceeds from the concert which featured Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave, Mathias Mhere and Pastor G among others went towards the drilling of a borehole at the veteran musician’s homestead in Chiundura.

“The initial plan was to give him assets such as generators but he convinced us he needs a borehole at his homestead,” said the CCAP Voice of Mbare member.

Mikaye said promoting music was not a simple task, as it requires a big heart.

He says he has helped Lyton Ngolomi in organising the Xtreme Afrique live DVD shooting at the Aquatic Complex in Chitungwiza and helped music producer Macdonald Chidavaenzi aka Mac Dee by revamping his studio to suit modern studios.

“I am not at liberty to talk much about what I do in helping artistes but just know we are doing a lot,” he said.

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