Ringo Madlingozi in no-show

HARARE - Green ambassador Derrick Mpofu has offered to resign following the no-show of music stars Ringo Madlingozi and Kunle Ayo at the Green Concert held at 7 Arts Theatre last Friday.

Highly-rated South African musician Madlingozi and Nigeria-born jazz musician-cum-guitarist Ayo were billed to headline the Green Concert along with South African songstress Winnie Khumalo.

But only Khumalo turned up for the show as a result of what Mpofu termed “a logistical hiccup.”

In an emotional release on Saturday Mpofu defended his track record but conceded that he had to take the flak for the farce.

“I know … my credibility shall be judged on one incident and not years of good work. Based on these opinions one wonders if I am still worthy to be the Green ambassador? Maybe it’s high time somebody took over the reins and steer the ship in the right direction,” said Mpofu.

“As you all know, we pulled all the stops to make sure this event does happen. But at the end of the day our airline faced glitches and delayed the 4pm flight to 6pm and then cancelled indefinitely.”

The Green ambassador claims Madlingozi and Ayo’s papers were all in order and they were ready to share the stage with local artistes such as Rute Mbangwa, Alexio Kawara, Wensy Mupostori, Ras Caleb, Pax Gomo and Esther Mukazika at the show that was graced by Environment, Water and Climate minister Saviour Kasukuwere and War Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa .

Mpofu said he was determined to organise a compensatory gig that would feature Madlingozi and the South Africa-based Ayo.

“We thank our artiste handlers who made sure at least one artiste Winnie Khumalo got a seat on Air Zimbabwe and flew solo to perform which was a miracle,” he said.

“Meanwhile, we are talking with our artistes in SA to see if we can have them in Zimbabwe for another date just to make it up to you and all those with tickets will enter for free.”

Efforts to get more details from Mpofu were unsuccessful yesterday as his mobile phone was unreachable.

Mpofu was appointed Harare City Water Conservation and Zero Littering Campaign goodwill ambassador in 2012.

In line with his post Mpofu released an album on the environment titled Chisikana Changu.

Recently, the Green ambassador released a song titled Reduce, recycle and reuse as well as Mr Green Ambassador, a book on environmental issues.


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