MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa who was reportedly blocked from entering into the National Sports Stadium (NSS) for the late national hero Oliver Mtukudzi ‘s tribute concert was not in fact anywhere near NSS, the Mail and Telegraph can reveal.
Reports has it that Chamisa and his motorcade where barred from entering the NSS but it has emerged that Chamisa was not in the cars that were blocked.
This publication has learnt that it was his advance party that was blocked and there is no sinister motive because even government ministers and dignitaries had designated drop off points and were not allowed to enter the stadium with vehicles.
In an interview with the Mail and Telegraph on Saturday, Chamisa refused to categorically state whether he was in any of the cars that were blocked citing security reasons.
“I cannot give a comment now and state whether I was there or not because that will be exposing how I travel and may compromise my security,” Chamisa said.
However , sources close to the development said Chamisa was not in any of the cars that arrived at the gate .
“He (Chamisa) was not in any of the cars that were blocked, that was an advance party and when he was advised that the cars were blocked, he immediately made a U-Turn,” revealed our source.
Meanwhile , Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi confirmed that senior MDC -A officials approached him seeking permission to enter inside the NSS with their motorcade but he did not see Chamisa himself so he is not therefore in a position to state whether he was present or not.
He also made it clear that only the head of state’s motorcade is allowed inside the stadium.
“Mwonzora and Zvizvai came to me and said security details were blocking Chamisa’s motorcade from entering the stadium,” Ziyambi said.
“Iasked them whether it was Chamisa or the vehicles that were not allowed to enter but they could not say anything.”We sent our senior security details to the gate but the cars had already left.”
“Only the President’s motorcade is allowed to drive into the stadium on national events so there was an attempt to breach security measures,” he said.
Tuku’s family also felt that actions by Chamisa’s advance party was tantamount to politicizing his decent send off, this reporter has learnt.
The late national hero and iconic musician Oliver Mtukudzi died on Wednesday and will be buried at his rural home in Madziwa on Sunday at 14.00 hours.
His body flew to Madziwa from One Commando on Saturday late afternoon.
Several artistes performed at his tribute concert and speaker after speaker spoke glowingly about the late hero.