New Zimbabwe (London)

4 November 2013

Zimbabwe: Dudu Ready to Return to the Stage

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Zimbabwean jazz artist Dudu Manhenga

AFRO-JAZZ artist Duduzile Tracy Manhenga, who was last week realised from Chikurubi Maximum prison on bail, is ready to return to the stage, her manager Mandla Mature has said.

Dudu was freed after the High Court granted her bail pending an appeal against her 18 month jail sentence for culpable homicide.

Speaking in an interview with NewZimbabwe.com Mandla said: "We are still working on the shows so we don't have the dates as of yet.

"Dudu is currently reconnecting and spending time with her husband and family of four children after a two-week incarceration until bail was granted," the management team said in a statement released Monday.

"The singer is however, preparing to resume her work activities, from which many others earn a living also. She is ready to get back to work, and anticipates a busy season ahead for all musicians."

The 33-year- old was sentenced to 18 months in jail recently on her own guilty plea knocking down and killing motorcyclist Graham Martin Millward three years ago.

The court heard Manhenga hit Martin who was riding a motorcycle, while attempting to run right in front of oncoming vehicles.

Currently Manhenga is a Bible College student at Pan Africa Christian College in Harare, and ministers at churches around the capital.

Bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Zimbabwe (PAOZ), Trevor Manhanga, said: "As every Zimbabwean is entitled to, Dudu has exercised her constitutional rights.

"The PAOZ fellowship stands by her at this time as her spiritual family, and long with her immediate family, audiences, management and music team, we look forward to the finalizing of this matter so that she can do what she does best, entertain her fans and minister to people in need."

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