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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has hindered the year’s biggest end of year event the Victoria Falls Carnival which will be suspended this year due to the containment measures set in place by the government to curb spreading the coronavirus, the Chronicle reports.
The development was communicated by the organisers of the event who through the carnival spokesperson Emmanuel Tivatyi said:
There’s no carnival this year. We called it quits after Government rejected our proposal to host the event due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe whom we had submitted our request to indicated that they wouldn’t be in a position to sanction the carnival given the insight from the Ministry of Health with regards to functions like festivals.
So definitely, we won’t be hosting the carnival. We don’t have ample time to prepare for the carnival as we don’t want to give our patrons a half-baked cake.
We’ll see next year. Definitely when we do host it, it’ll be something big and a major comeback.
Tivatyi reportedly hinted that next year’s carnival will have headliners like Master KG performing at the event. The late Genius Kadungure was the Harare International Carnival ambassador and he usually held parties in the resort town after the carnival, the carnival is yet to reveal their new ambassador.