Up­roar as Cool Catz in no-show

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THE or­gan­iser of the ill-fated “Kids Party” held on Satur­day at Maseru Cen­tral Park says the Cool Catz char­ac­ters re­neged on their agree­ment by not show­ing up for the event.

The char­ac­ters of the pop­u­lar etv chil­dren’s pro­gramme had been billed to en­ter­tain and ed­u­cate young­sters dur­ing the show or­ga­nized by lo­cal events com­pany, Lox­ion En­ter­tain­ment.

How­ever, the Cool Catz, who con­sist of four main charac- ters, Cat­nap, Wild­cat, Smar­ty­cat and Kit­ty­cat did not pitch up, much to the cha­grin of the ex­pec­tant chil­dren and their par­ents.

As the day wore on, the be­mused par­ents dragged Lox­ion En­ter­tain­ment boss, Mam­phasa Makhomo, to the Pitso Ground Po­lice Sta­tion de­mand­ing re­funds and her ar­rest for al­legedly scam­ming them.

How­ever, Makhomo told the Week­ender this week that the Cool Catz char­ac­ters were the ones at fault for not pitch­ing up for the show de­spite be­ing paid in ad­vance.

“I made the pay­ment to the Cool Catz’s ac­count last Tues­day. I also emailed them the de­posit slip as proof of pay­ment last Thurs­day since they had said the money was not re­flect­ing in their ac­count,” she said.

“We had ar­ranged for them to sleep in Maseru on Fri­day night and had booked a lo­cal guest house for 11 peo­ple, in­clud­ing the crew, but they never showed up.”

“I have since con­tacted them and made them aware of the sit­u­a­tion they put me in and the costs I in­curred in pre­par­ing for the show.”

Makhomo said af­ter be­ing hauled to the po­lice sta­tion, she was made to re­fund half of the money to the seething par­ents.

“At the po­lice sta­tion I was told to re­fund M50 of the M100 ad­mis­sion fee.

“Since we only re­funded the par­ents who were at the po­lice sta­tion, I was told to come back if more peo­ple de­manded re­funds so we can set­tle the mat­ter there,” she said, adding that dis­cus­sions with the Cool Catz are cur­rently on­go­ing with a view to hold­ing a free show to com­pen­sate for the blun­der.

“This episode was re­ally dev­as­tat­ing for me, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing that I was nearly beaten up or even locked up in jail. I am work­ing to­wards hold­ing a free show in De­cem­ber to show peo­ple how re­morse­ful we are and for them to be able to trust my com­pany again next time we plan an­other event.”

An email sent to the Cool Catz for their com­ment was still unan­swered at the time of go­ing to print.

PAR­ENTS de­mand re­funds at Maseru Cen­tral Park.

COOL Catz show or­gan­iser Mam­phasa Makhomo is con­fronted by an­gry par­ents.

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