CHIBUKU Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival Harare provincial finals that were pencilled for this Saturday have been postponed to a later date.
Report by Entertainment Reporter
William Ndinde, the Harare provincial arts manager at the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, yesterday said they had failed to secure police clearance for the event that was scheduled for Chitubu Junction.
“As per norm, we went to seek police clearance and the police advised us to postpone as they are busy with elections,” said Ndinde.
Ndinde said although it was yet to be finalised, the provincial finals had been rescheduled for August 10 at the same venue.
According to sources close to the happenings, the other reason for which the event had been rescheduled was the fear of political violence as Zimbabwe gears for harmonised elections.
The elections set for July 31 have seen campaign activities soaring across the country.
Zimbabwe went through a surge of political violence in the 2008 harmonised elections and businesses seem cautious this time around.
At the Chibuku Neshamwari activation ceremony held at Chitubu Junction last Saturday, numerous patrons were dressed in Zanu PF party regalia.
Outside the venue a sedan Toyota vehicle with Zanu PF posters drove around hooting.
The occupants almost incited violence after they claimed their passage had been blocked by MDC-T supporters, a development which could have motivated Chibuku officials who were present to postpone the event.