Zodwa pulls out of Zim tour

HARARE - The moment government sent mixed signals over South African socialite — Zodwa WaBantu’s ( pictured) appearance at the Samba Night in Harare during the ongoing Carnival —  fears were heightened that her visit was going to end in tears.

Indeed for the thousands of showbiz followers in Harare and Mutare who had been salivating at the prospects of meeting the controversial South African socialite in person, there will be moments to shed tears.

Zodwa yesterday dropped a bombshell and pulled out of her keenly-awaited appearance at the Samba Night at the Private lounge this evening as well as at the scheduled opening of Club 263 in Mutare, tomorrow.

What an anticlimax!

“I am not going to Zimbabwe, I won though. I can’t be in a country run by P**** @annenhira… South Africa, it’s home. We make friends with other nations” Zodwa broke the news on her Instagram account.

Efforts to get clarification from Devine Assignments, the promoters of the highly-publicised event, were fruitless as their spokesperson was not reachable.

Zodwa’s announcement came barely two days after the Board of Censors had authorised what would have been her second visit to Zimbabwe.

It was not clear why the Durban socialite had sensationally pulled the plug on the Samba Night and opening of Club 263 when she had seemed set for Harare and Mutare.

Some cynics suggested that given the bickering and quarrelling over her visit, a powerful hand could have pressured either the sponsors or promoters to stop her from coming.

Sparks flew between government and the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA), who as the organisers of the ongoing had a say on who grace’s the hugely followed event. Board of censors at first refused to grant ZTA the permission to bring Zodwa but made a dramatic somersault after it learned that private promoters and sponsors were in fact the ones behind the controversial socialite visit.

Devine Assignments was granted permission on Monday to bring Zodwa to Zimbabwe despite an earlier ban imposed on the South African socialite from participating in the ongoing Harare International Carnival by acting Tourism and Hospitality Industry minister Patrick Zhuwao in response to a letter written by former Studio 263 actress Anne Nhira.

After Zhuwao had pulled the plug on the South African’s visit, Board of Censors, headed by former Education minister Aeneas Chigwedere, followed suit.

They argued that Zodwa’s signature look — short dress with no panties — would violate the country’s laws, especially the Censorship and Entertainment Control Act (Chapter 10: 04) section 16.

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