POPULAR Zimdancehall hitmaker, Bessel Mugo Parewa, popularly known as Hwindi Prezident, is lucky to be alive.
The chanter was robbed at gunpoint in central Pretoria early Monday morning. The artist had just finished performing and was chilling close to Willas Lounge in Sunnyside where he had shared the stage with comedian-cum-musician Kapfupi.
A source said the Tambirai Monarch hitmaker refused to retire to bed and his manager, Lenny Junior, left him behind. “After the show Hwindi didn’t want to go to sleep.
He chose to chill with some guys smoking and having some drinks close to Willas Lounge. A group of thugs pounced on them and demanded that they all empty their pockets,” said the source.
Lenny believes this was a “hit” ordered by some jealous promoters and he is threatening to expose them on social media. He suspects one Bornfree had a hand in the robbery.
“Isai mari mukoma wangu zvakaitwa naBonfree tinyarare nyaya idzi. Hwindi ndiye akatorerwa mari yaanga anayo not me. Kwakatorwa R6k not R3k,” wrote Lenny to one promoter, Thapelo Chosen, in a WhatsApp message.
However, Thapelo said he was at a loss for words to describe accusations of orchestrating the robbery. “I have worked with a lot of artists from Zimbabwe on a monthly basis.
This is not the first time that I am engaging Hwindi and then to be accused of orchestrating a robbery is very unfortunate. I dismiss the accusation with the contempt it deserves,” said Thapelo.
“There were security issues as Hwindi was left all alone with other guys. Vakaramba kubhadhara ma security. His manager had already left for the hotel and took Hwindi’s phones and cash. I am then surprised that I or someone that I know will then plan to rob the same artists that we promote.
“I actually helped the guys to go make a police report and that is where we also found their car keys. It is very unfortunate,” he said. Hwindi would not comment immediately.
“I am in Kempton Park, I will be in Jozi later. Will brief you soon,” said Hwindi in a chat.
Hwindi’s manager Lenny claimed they were targeted because they promoted their own show and refused to use South Africa based promoters.
“This was a show that was arranged by Hwindi and Kapfupi and all the gate-takings were due to the two artists. We have decided lately that we will arrange our own shows because some of these promoters take advantage by paying artists very little like R2 000 and they make a lot by exploiting artists,” said Lenny.
“Doing it on our own has not gone down well with a number of promoters here in SA who are now not gaining anything. These guys then wanted to extort some money from us and wanted R2 000 for security.
“We refused to budge because we had made our own security arrangements and a few minutes later some guys came to us, pointed a gun and grabbed car keys and other valuables. “Vaitotaura Shona vakabvunza kuti saka maramba nemari yedu here and they took our phones and cash. Isn’t it ironic that after discussing nyaya yemari you get robbed. Unofungira ani to be honest?” asked Lenny rhetorically.
He said the money that was stolen was from a show they held last Saturday at Lechatters Tavern in Mamelodi.
Meanwhile, Thapelo said he will go ahead with planned shows despite the Hwindi incident. “I have shows that were planned a long time ago this weekend.
We have shows with Kapfupi and Stunner. “On Friday night we will be in Mamelodi and on Saturday we will be in Springs. On Sunday we are going to have a boat cruise in the Vaal and the after-party show will be in Rosettenville,” said Thapelo.