Chipaz free to hold gigs: Nacz

HARARE - National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (Nacz) says it will not stop embattled Chipaz Promotions’ forthcoming Zimdancehall Shutdown’ gig set for the City Sports Centre on December 19.

Despite the fact that the national arts body is still investigating the violence that rocked the Sting Clash organised by the Partson Chimbodza-led promotions company at the same venue on November 8, Nacz insisted yesterday that it would not revoke Chipaz Promotions’ licence in the interim.

“Council is not aware of any decision to deprive any promoter in Zimbabwe including Chipaz Promotion of the privileges as provided for in their licences as promoters as provided in the Nacz Act,” said the Nacz in a statement sent to the Daily News by Cathrine Mthombeni, the arts body’s communications and marketing officer.

“The focus of the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe investigation is contained in the press that Council issued on November 13, 2014 and is on violence in the sector with particular reference to the Sting Show.”

The Nacz added that it would issue a statement on the violence-riddled Sting Clash once the committee headed by Nicholas Moyo, the arts body’s deputy director, releases its report.

“Please also note that the team appointed to submit a report on the issue is finalising its findings and recommendations. As soon as council has been favoured with the report, it will issue a statement.”

During the November 8 Sting , scores of dancehall fans in the packed City Sports Centre in the capital city were injured after police allegedly fired teargas in the enclosed venue after violence erupted.

Another gig held by Chipaz Promotions to mark the end of this year’s Harare Agricultural Show saw several music fans being bashed by some unruly members of the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA).

 

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