The Government of Zimbabwe has prohibited the planned Kariba Summer Cruise and Beach Party which was set to take place on the 25th and 26th of September 2020.
The event targetting 200 guests was set to be powered by several DJs, among them MC Abisha Palmer, MC Bigdollar, MC Iroq, DJ Candyman, DJ Youngfresh, DJ Andile Browns among others.
To attend the Summer Cruise and Beach Party, individuals had to pay between US$100 and US$150 which would cover accommodation, meals, and entertainment. Speaking during an interview, Director of Arts, Culture Promotion and Development in the ministry of Arts, Biggie Samwanda said they have pulled the plug on the planned Kariba Beach party as the arts and entertainment sector remains closed in line with Covid-19 national lockdown regulations.
“As far as I know, arts activities have not yet been allowed to take place in the country due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The government is yet to open the sector to the public,” he said.
National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) communication and marketing manager Rodney Ruwende also stated that it will be illegal to hold such an event during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
“The sector remains closed. No arts activities are allowed to take place in the country unless they are held digitally. Yes, we understand that some artists are facing survival challenges due to Covid-19 but we encourage them to be patient and do the right thing of adhering to the Covid-19 regulations. We want to see their status in terms of registrations with the council,” he said.
One of the organizers Cynthia Njagu argued that the Ministry of Tourism gave them permission to hold the 2-day event. She explained they are well prepared and equipped to host the event in line with the specified health regulations.
“The event has been approved by the Ministry of Tourism. We have agreed that it will be held in line with the Covid-19 regulations. We will enforce mandatory Covid-19 testing at the entrance, no mask no entry, all the rooms will be fumigated and sanitizers will be in plentiful supply.”