The much anticipated Harare International Carnival that has just kicked off in Zimbabwe’s capital has attracted thousands who have braved mayhem motor traffic and the summer heat to catch a glimpse of the rich multi-cultural eventful happening. the last fortnight, Zimbabwean media was buzzing about the highly controversial Zodwa waBantu who has made a name for her provoking dance moves and of recent her revelation that she does not wear the ‘sacred’ undergarment.
The back and forth press releases by the government senior figures, the ZTA and the Harare council had left the public to uncertainty if Zodwa was going to be part of the procession. As our crew covered the event, a bewildered crowd kept inquiring if and when Zodwa will feature.
The carnival was a huge spectacle with displays from various international cultures and nations. Egypt, India, Lebanon, China, Brazil and Cuba were the notables who serenaded the event with much entertainment from the local traditional dancers, drum-majorettes and the Zimbabwe Prison band that got the crowd in a frenzy.
The downside of the event was the poor traffic planning and management that left thousand of commuters and motorists stranded and or dangerously maneuvering haphazardly to either reach their destinations some resigning to dumping their vehicles halfway across the city business district.