The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Enough Is Enough!

Alick Macheso is on collision with his band manager over the re-admittance of dancer Peter Kagomera to the Orchestra Mberikwazvo outfit. Macheso was said to be reconsidering taking back Kagomera, a decision that has raised the ire of William Tsandukwa - Orchestra Mberikwazvo band manager.

Kagomera was booted out of the band in July after he was arrested for beating up a police officer and alleged gross insubordination.

Speaking to the Herald Entertainment, Tsandukwa vowed that the management of Orchestra Mberikwazvo would block Kagomera's imminent return.

"We have had enough of this lad (Kagomera), as the management we will never allow him back into our fold. He is an unrepentant sinner and he drags the name of Macheso through the mud.

"He is always on the wrong side of the law and each time he is in trouble it is reported 'Macheso's dancer this and Macheso's dancer that'.

"He is not adding any value to the band, but is actually putting the name of mudhara into disrepute," said Tsandukwa.

Tsandukwa conceded that Macheso had the final say but vowed to block Kagomera's return.

"I don't have anything against Kagomera, but I don't like his attitude. I don't know why Macheso has a soft spot for him.

"There are many street children who can dance better than Kagomera and if Macheso cares so much for the underprivileged, he should rope in those dancers, not Kagomera," Tsandukwa fumed.

Contrary to media reports that Kagomera was already back on Mberikwazvo's books, Tsandukwa said Macheso had not yet consulted the management over this decision.

"He just joined us on stage during the Tourism Night at Gwanzura after being spotted in the crowd," Tsandukwa said.

Kagomera, a former streetkid, has got a knack for controversy.

During his days at Orchestra Mberikwazvo, the dancer would squander his money on women and he is notorious for not paying rent for his lodgings.

He is currently performing community service after being convicted for assaulting a police officer.

Following his fallout with Orchestra Mberikwazvo on allegations of insubordination, sensational dancer Beverly "Bev" Sibanda, roped in the nimble- footed dancer.

At Bev's stable, Kagomera caused enough trouble and was fired barely two months after joining the group.

Bev's manager, Harpers Mapimhidze, said at the time, Kagomera had attitude problems.

Bev was forced to re-admit the talented dancer and just last week, Kagomera was at it again when he fought with her boss demanding his dues soon after a show.

If he makes his return to Orchestra Mberikwazvo, then Peter's case would be that of the proverbial cat that has got nine lives.

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