ANNE NHIRA :I’M NOT SLEEPING WITH ZHUWAO | Anne Nhira has denied that she only got Minister Patrick Zhuwao’s attention because she was sleeping with him.

ANNE NHIRA :I'M NOT SLEEPING WITH ZHUWAO

She said :”Allegations have also been thrown around to the fact that I only got government attention because of “inappropriate” relations with government ministers but the truth is, it’s not every woman who sleeps their way to their goals and objectives. My engagement no matter how it may not be ideal for some was purely intellectual and for a good I believe in.”

But she said she was staggered by the name calling. “What an interesting week it has been. Allow me to start by thanking you all for the feedback (positive and negative) to my engagement with government over what I feel is not in tune with my ideals and possibly those of a greater percentage of the Zimbabwean populace – on this, kindly note that its not every Zimbabwean who can Facebook or tweet about an idea they support or are against.

I know I have been vilified for standing for what I believe in but that to me is what defines freedom of expression and association.

What I spoke against is not an individual but a practise which doesn’t sit well with me.

I however respect the fact that for their entertainment some would want to see Zodwa perform which again you can equally lobby for. While I respect every other citizen’s thought line and response to my move, hating and shouting at each other won’t change the fact that we are a people together.

Yes we are different and diverse with different tastes and takes on issues but we are one.

Going through your comments, I have picked a number of pertinent issues which I will be very much willing to take up with relevant authorities.

Kindly note my engagement with government over the Zodwa issue was not only with the Ministry of Tourism but also with the Ministry of Women Affairs, Ministry of Youth as well as the Ministry of Culture. All this was not inspired by malice but a standpoint which probably resonates with many though they may not be as vocal. Prior to this engagement I have always stood for empowerment of local artists and I still feel it can be done.

For example if we can have Zodwa performing for God knows how much, why not having Gonyeti or Bev performing for the same amount? While some question the logic behind having one performer stopped, it goes without saying that you can’t have wholesome advocacy. I had to pick one to get the message across.

And by the way, I have realised Zimbabweans are so good at name calling. Ende munoshaudha. Much love to you all. One love, One Zimbabwe.

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