SRC row spoils party for Nust grad­u­ates

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bon­gani Ndlovu Show­biz Correspondent

BICK­ER­ING be­tween Nust stu­dents’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive coun­cil in­cum­bent (SRC) pres­i­dent Ter­rence Shoko and out­go­ing Rod­well Nyika led to the can­cel­la­tion of the stu­dents’ grad­u­a­tion bash last Fri­day.

The send-off party was sup­posed to take place at the univer­sity’s sports ground with per­for­mances by Su­lumani Chim­betu, Stun­ner, God­fa­ther Tem­ple­man, Garry B, UK-based King Al­fred, Fire­man, Sasco T, DJ Liz, Kheta Cre­ative Arts and New Gen­er­a­tion Sound.

But the party did not take off as the SRC lead­ers both claimed own­er­ship of the event, forc­ing show or­gan­is­ers, Wer­ras En­ter­tain­ment, to can­cel the event to avoid chaos.

“The two (Ter­rence and Rod­well) were pulling in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions, claim­ing the bash was theirs. For us, this wasn’t a good thing be­cause at the end of the day there’s no ac­count­abil­ity.

“We couldn’t risk the safety of the artistes and also the rep­u­ta­tion of our busi­ness as we didn’t want to be as­so­ci­ated with chaos,” said Sa­muel “Boss Werra” Saung­weme of Wer­ras En­ter­tain­ment.

Ef­forts to get a com­ment from the two SRC pres­i­dents were fruit­less as their num­bers were un­reach­able.

Most of the artistes in­clud­ing Sulu, Stun­ner, Tem­ple­man and Garry B were al­ready in Bu­l­awayo when they were in­formed that the show had been can­celled at the last minute.

Tem­ple­man and Garry B de­cided to utilise their time in Bu­l­awayo pro­duc­tively by se­cur­ing a gig at Pri­vate Lounge on the fol­low­ing day.

Think­ing in other terms, Nust grad­u­ates did not let the show can­cel­la­tion dampen their jovial mood as they went on to party at var­i­ous nightspots such as Pri­vate Lounge, The Lounge, La Gon­dola and Hori­zon Night Club.

At a packed Hori­zon, stu­dents par­tied the night away with DJs Telflon, Calvin and Kandy Boi en­ter­tain­ing them.

Those who pre­ferred the al­lur­ing strip­pers were eas­ily iden­ti­fi­able as they were spot­ting new suits and shoes on a night where all-white was the theme.

Boss Werra how­ever, said all hope had not been lost as they are or­gan­is­ing an­other show with the same line-up.

“Un­for­tu­nately the grad­u­ates whom we were host­ing the show for were short-changed be­cause the day comes once in a life­time.

But we’re plan­ning to have an­other show with the same artistes, though at a dif­fer­ent venue,” said Boss Werra.

They hope to soon have all pro­grammes air­ing live.

At the week­end, the ra­dio sta­tion’s per­son­al­i­ties – Babongile Sikhon­jwa, Zwa, Pa­tience Phiri, BKay and Mem­ory Nkwe Ndlovu were spot­ted at OK Mart where they were broad­cast­ing live. High­landers Foot­ball Club play­ers – Ariel Sibanda, Peter Mud­huwa and the teams’ tech­ni­cal staff were in­ter­viewed dur­ing the broad­cast. God­win Phiri, Skyz Metro FM sta­tion man­ager, said the live broad­cast on Satur­day had been con­ducted to test their equip­ment.

“On Satur­day, we wanted to see whether our equip­ment was work­ing prop­erly. We can safely say we’re happy as everything went smoothly,” said Phiri.

He said they were now work­ing on broad­cast­ing all their pro­grammes live as well as hav­ing more out­door broad­casts.

“What we learnt dur­ing the live out­door broad­cast was that we need to take the ra­dio to the peo­ple of Bu­l­awayo. So this whole fes­tive sea­son, we’ll be go­ing around the city hold­ing live broad­casts for lis­ten­ers to know their pre­sen­ters as well as the sta­tion’s pres­ence,” said Phiri.

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