January 26 2019- DESPITE shying away from politics and generally being non partisan, Oliver Mtukudzi’s send off at the National Sports Stadium turned political amid reports that MDC leader Nelson Chamisa had been turned away.
However the Zimbabwean government quickly counted reports alleging that Chamisa and his entourage had tried to drive through the underground tunnel that leads to the pitch normally used by a State president.
“Security details refused and there was an altercation as Chamisa insisted they give way,” say witnesses.
“He was asked to use the VIP entrance but he sped away, after a lot of shoving and pushing involving Chamisa,” say witnesses.
Information minister permanent minister Nick Mangawana was quick to hit out at Chamisa, accusing him of being a “drama queen.”
“He was not barred.All other dignitaries including minister were parking their cars outside and had to walk inside, but Chamisa refused because he wanted to drive in . Security protocol refused and he walked away, he was not denied entry,” says Mangwana.
“Chamisa is being a drama queen a pre-Madonna out to attract attention for the sake of it,” added Mangwana.
However MDC secretary Douglas Mwonzora who tweeted about the incident alleged that Chamisa was barred.
This immediately resulted in a barrage of social media posts some supporting Chamisa and others dismissing Chamisa as an attention seeker who “wanted to turn the send off into a political rally.” – ZimsInSA.com reporter