Speaking on Star FM’s 326 Express, hosted by Phathisani Sibanda and KVG, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) boss Karikoga Kaseke said that former Studio 263 actress Anne Nhira is acting on behalf of people who do not want to see this year’s edition of the Harare International Carnival being a success.
His comments come after acting Tourism Minsiter Patrick Zhuwao issued a statement banning South African socialite Zodwa Wabantu from performing at the carnival. Said Kaseke:
Anne Nhira is just a mouth piece. There are people who do not want the carnival to happen, people who do not want Zimbabweans to be happy and forget about the hardships we are grappling with. Those are the people behind Anne Nhira’s antics. If she was genuine and had genuine concerns about Zodwa, she would have approached the right people, which is ZTA. I hear she wrote to the minister (Patrick Zhuwao, acting Minister of Tourism) and I hear the minister replied her. But how we work in government is if someone complains about something straight forward like the carnival, which everyone knows is organized by ZTA, well in such a case, Minister Zhuwao, I know him, he is a very brilliant young minister, he would have consulted us over the issue so we give him the real picture, not what he is being misled to believe by this Nhira girl. In her individual capacity, which I do not mean to undermine, I do not think she has a reason to mislead the government like she has done. First things first, how did she know that Cde Zhuwao is acting minister? I only just leant of that news this morning. So someone must have told her CDE Zhuwao is acting minister and that is the person behind all that Nhira is saying.