THE National Arts Council of Zimbabwe yesterday said they are yet to receive information on the ugly scenes of violence at Sting 2014 held at the City Sports Centre on Saturday.
Police are reported to have fired teargas canisters after skirmishes on the stage and in the crowd in a bid to disperse the crowd that had become rowdy.
But that proved costly for Chipaz Promotions, the organisers of the event who are reported to have incurred huge losses due to looting and destruction of property by rowdy youths.
Although Patson Chimbodza director of Chipaz Promotions yesterday refused to answer any questions, reports are that he had hired a public address system from a local church which was destroyed and was also likely to face further charges from the Harare City Council who own the venue.
“We had a show that was well attended, but I cannot comment on anything else. I do not have anything confirmed. Everything to do with security is now left with the police,” said Chimbodza.
Police yesterday could still not give information on the melee although it is understood several people sustained injuries while there are rumoured deaths.
NewsDay was thrown from one office to another to no avail as all the concerned officers were either not reachable or said they could not comment.
Elvas Mari director of NACZ said they were waiting to get a report from the promoter and the police.
“Everything that we may have to say is based on the report from the promoter and another from the police,” said Mari.
“We cannot comment without factual information. Our comment cannot be based on hearsay. We have to be specific on what happened then we can be specific too in our comment.”
Mari, however, made it clear that the council does not have a policy on violence.
“Violence is a non-debatable issue and we do not need a policy. The law deals with that and we do not necessarily need to have a policy on violence,” said Mari.