Na Jesca causes stir with Int­wasa rant

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CO­ME­DIAN Oliver Keith sparked furore on so­cial me­dia through his al­ter ego Na Jesca when he crit­i­cised Int­wasa Arts Festival koBu­l­awayo board mem­bers fol­low­ing re­ports that their prop­erty had been at­tached. The festival, with of­fices at Treger Build­ing in Bu­l­awayo, had its prop­erty at­tached as they owed $2 900 in ren­tal ar­rears. Prop­erty that went un­der the ham­mer in­cluded a Hisense Fridge, Fil­ing Cab­i­net, 16 plas­tic chairs, two of­fice desks, seven of­fice chairs and an HP printer. This did not go down well with Na Jesca — an avid fol­lower of the arts — who took to Facebook to share “her” two cents on the mat­ter. In a three-minute video, Na Jesca be­rates Raise­don Baya, the Int­wasa di­rec­tor, ques­tion­ing why he had been ig­nor­ing the debt.

“I want to ask Raise­don one thing, not be­cause I’m some­one im­por­tant, but be­cause I was born in Bu­l­awayo. You want to tell us that you ac­cu­mu­lated ar­rears of $2 900 and didn’t tell any­one about it?

“So as a board, you failed to sit down and sort this out to an ex­tent that your chairs and print­ers are be­ing taken. What have you been do­ing all this time as a board? The next thing you’ll be telling us that there’s no Int­wasa,” said Na Jesca.

There­after, a de­bate en­sued on his Facebook time­line with many peo­ple an­gered at the prospect of los­ing the festival.

Renowned play­wright Tha­bani Moyo, who has close ties with Baya, tried to de­fend his friend ex­plain­ing that the festival was in debt be­cause of the de­pressed econ­omy.

He said most peo­ple who were com­ment­ing were clue­less on how to run an arts or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“It’s easy for most of you on this plat­form to point fingers at Int­wasa man­age­ment. The truth is we all know that the eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion out there is chal­leng­ing,” posted Moyo.

Na Jesca re­sponded: “I think your at­ti­tude is a clas­sic ex­am­ple of the route that Int­wasa has taken. You’re set­ting a bad prece­dence with your im­ma­ture and empty com­ment.”

The Int­wasa team re­mained mum on the is­sue. FOL­LOW­ING the suc­cess­ful host­ing of last year’s All Star party, or­gan­is­ers be­lieve this year’s cel­e­bra­tion of Bu­l­awayo per­son­al­i­ties will be big­ger and bet­ter.

Dubbed the Kalawa of Vuzu par­ties, the an­nual All

Oliver ‘Na Jesca’ Keith


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