Sungura musician Mark Ngwazi is batting for life after having serious chest problems for the past week.
The Njanja Express band leader was in no show for a gig billed at PaGomba Cafe in Beitbridge over the weekend, leading to scores of revellers being injured after violence erupted. Police attended the scene and dispersed revellers who were throwing missiles at random, disappointed at having paid money for a show that never was.
Posters advertising Ngwazi’s show at PaGomba were pasted around the border town and a charge of US$5 was levied at the gate.
It remains unclear if Ngwazi double booked himself or if PaGomba Cafe owners deliberately tricked revellers, as both parties have evaded media. But Bulawayo24.com reports that the Nharo nezvine Nharo hitmaker is in pain even though he showed up at two gigs over the last two days, including the National Heroes gala.
“I am very sick and currently l am at my doctor’s surgery… the chest pains are just too much,” he said.
He said although he performed in Chiweshe on Heroes Day where he was hired by business tycoon and Zanu-PF politician Tafadzwa Musarara, it was out of love for his fans.
Ngwazi dismissed reports that he spoke to NewsDay journalists about the mysterious Beitbridge no show.
“I never spoke to any Journalist about the alleged Beitbridge show and the report which you are saying l am yet to see it as you can see l am sick and need medical attention,” he said.
NewsDay quoted him as having said he had no comments regards the Beitbridge show.
“You can just write that I have nothing regarding the issue. I am about to perform here at the Defence Forces event and you want me to say something now because you want me to, you can go ahead and say I have nothing to say,” he was quoted in the newspaper’s Wednesday edition.