In an interview with The Standard, Thomas Mapfumo denied rumours he is staying in Zimbabwe with a girlfriend.
There have been rumours, Mapfumo,who came back home from his United States base in December for nationwide shows, has prolonged his stay in Zimbabwe because of a certain Harare woman. Leaked WhatsApp chats of some Mapfumo’s relatives suggested that they were not happy about his decision not to return to Oregon soon after his shows. Said Mapfumo:
I am not staying with a girlfriend. I am actually sleeping alone, but there are some people whom I used to work with like Blessing Vava, my former publicist, who is staying in South Africa, who are trying to soil my image by spreading rumours. I have a lot of female friends not only in Zimbabwe, but also in England and the United Kingdom who call me, some we have photos with, but this does not mean they are my girlfriends. I am a principled man who values his family. I am not into prostitution and I don’t have a girlfriend, but people are bitter and want to soil my image.
He said one of the reasons he had not yet returned to the US was because he was working on the construction of a culture centre in Domboshava. Mapfumo said the other reason he could not leave immediately after his Peace Tour was that the promoter was refusing to pay him and his band.