Mathew Masinge, Entertainment Reporter
Government has directed for the postponement of the 18th National Merit Awards ceremony to pave way for relief efforts for those affected by Cyclone Idai.
The awards ceremony, which was scheduled for this Saturday at the Harare International Conference Centre has been moved to April 13.
In a statement, organisers said:
“This serves to officially inform you that the 18th NAMA scheduled for the 23rd March 2019 has now been postponed to the 13th April 2019.
“This is due to the fact that Zimbabwe is currently dealing with the hundreds of lives lost and some missing due to the effects of cyclone IDAI.
“This is a directive from the Government of Zimbabwe to cancel or postpone all government events. As you are aware, NAMA is a national event,” read the statement.
“We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.”
Cyclone Idai has been declared a national disaster with over 100 lives already lost, several people missing and homes destroyed.
This year, NAMA ceremony is set to posthumously honour local artistes like national hero Oliver Mtukudzi, Dorothy Masuka, Charles Mungoshi, Brian Rusike, Lawrence Simbarashe (Mdara Bhonzo) and Tendai Marukutira (MC Villa).