Sungura musician Nicholas Zakaria has petitioned Chitungwiza Town Council to give him a written document confirming that he was the town’s ambassador.
In his letter which was copied to the National Arts Council last week the musician asked “Chi-Town” to put their request in writing.
Yesterday, the musician confirmed that he had sent a petition to the town council, but said he would shed more light after the meeting to be held next week.
“It’s true I was verbally crowned the goodwill ambassador to Chitungwiza with some of the officials last year, who then went on to publish in the Press that I will be entitled to some benefits, which never came to me,” Zakaria said.
He said if they put it on paper it would help him even to go around looking for assistance in different ways that help the town council.
“I can’t just go around saying I am the goodwill ambassador to Chitungwiza without any written document, especially in seeking assistance in different things for the benefit of the community,” he said.
“Senior Lecturer” as he is affectionately known, however, could not reveal some of the benefits included.
National Arts Council assistant director (arts promotion and development) Audrey Charamba told NewsDay about the petition but said they were not involved.
“Yes, he copied the petition ,to us and I think it’s fine because they have to put it in writing, but we are not involved in that one,” Charamba said.
Chitungwiza council spokesperson Zephaniah Mandirahwe said: “Yes, he wrote a letter to us concerning the issue and it was discussed in the Thursday (last week) meeting, but the only person to give the details of the meeting is the town clerk, but now he is in a management meeting.”
Zakaria was crowned goodwill ambassador last year, but never got any written document confirming his new role.