Tuku, Macheso UK Show Venue Catches Fire

Tuku, Macheso UK Show Venue Catches Fire
Published: 2016 August 01 19:15:06 (2435 Views)
…As rival promoters call for a boycott of the show

LEICESTER - Corah Suite the venue for Zimbabwean musicians Oliver Mtukudzi aka Tuku and Alick Macheso show reportedly caught fire last weekend prompting organizers of the event to move it to another venue. 
According to United Kingdom based Zimbabwean radio veteran Ezra Tshisa Sibanda, the inferno which is believed to be a case of arson left businesses around the venue in ashes. 
“On Saturday around 2pm, Corah Suite, the venue for Oliver Mtukudzi and Alick Macheso Show caught fire which led to the event being moved to another venue at the last minute,” Sibanda posted on his Facebook page. 
“Most of the businesses were destroyed as fire ravaged the buildings. By the time the fire was under control and damping down underway, another broke out at the other building next door leading to the fire brigade and police sealing the venue because it was now treated as a crime scene,” he said. 
“[I] Tried to negotiate with firemen to open the venue with no luck but we were adamant for the event to go ahead and shame haters and as always God is on our side we managed to get another beautiful venue (3 minutes walk from the original venue) within an hour and everything went well.”
According to the veteran broadcaster, the incidents stretched Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service’s resources to capacity, a situation which saw six fire engines, aerial ladders and helicopters were used to extinguish the fire. 
“Fire investigators said they had so far found "several" locations where fires were lit within the three-storey building. Leicestershire Police have been in contact and I will be assisting them with investigations,” Sibanda said. 
“Some names of suspects have been given to the Police and currently investigations are going on. There were a number of thugs which were posting messages of hate and threats targeting our artistes and all those names have been given to the Police.”
The show had glitches during its preparatory stages as some rivals of the organizers reportedly tried to sabotage the show by calling for a boycott. But the promoters of the Reloaded Gig believe that the show was a success. 
“[we] would like to humble thank all the fans who defied detractors calling for the boycott of Tuku-Macheso and attended the gig in droves. The attendance shocked everyone and proved UK people won't listen to social network psychopaths with misplaced priorities abusing cyber space to attack and abuse our musicians,” Sibanda said.
“The Internet junkies should know the problems people are facing back home have nothing to do with our musicians but the flopping government. On behalf of promoters Icons of Africa, Yvonne Mashonganyika, Phab Ent Promotions and the team a million thanks and your loyalty is humbling”. 


- ZimNet
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