The Zimbabwe Government has not banned ZimDancehall star Winky D’s album launch scheduled for the Harare International Conference Centre on New Year’s Eve, the country’s Home Affairs Minister Kazembe Kazembe has said.
This follows frenzied social media speculation that authorities had banned the show because of the album’s alleged “political undertones”.
Kazembe told ZTN News on Tuesday: “This is the problem with social media and people who are up to discrediting Government. Who has banned the show? Where is the evidence that the show has been banned and by who?”
The minister said the Zimbabwe Republic Police only met with the musician’s management on Monday to ensure the much-hyped album launch is done according to procedure.
“Every time there is a huge gathering police have to be notified so that security measures are put in place to protect the public and property. This is not unique to this particular show.
“Police were just doing their duty. Government has no business banning musical shows; no show was banned by the Ministry of Home Affairs.”
Sources in Winky D’s camp said the artiste is busy rehearsing for the launch.
“Look, it’s all speculation. Our manager had a cordial meeting with the police and everything was cleared. As far as we are concerned, the show is on and we look forward to an explosive night,” said the sources.