The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority today issued out a statement that it was deferring the 2018 edition of the Harare International Carnival.
The fifth edition of the much anticipated annual national event which will not be held this year. This comes after Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA), organisers of the Harare International Carnival had continuously postponed the event from the initial date of 17 July to December.
According to the statement released by the ZTA Head of Corporate Affairs Godfrey ‘Chief’ Koti, “The year 2018 was punctuated by numerous competing events that led to the postponement of the event from its original October timing and we had hoped to hold the carnival before year end.”
The last time, the event was postponed from 15-20 October due to the cholera outbreak which had claimed 49 people according to the Ministry of Health updates back then. However Koti this time has claimed that; “The competing events at this time of the year, careful consideration of the weather conditions that are usually characterised by rainfall and the current prevailing economic climate contributed to getting to this decision.”
Fear of risking the brand was the main concern of the organisers hence leading to the cancellation. “We want to make sure that the event is everything it should be and without adequate resources and a conducive environment, it would be a disservice to the Harare International Carnival Brand and the general populace”, said Koti.
The Head of Corporate Affairs also issued out an apology to all stakeholders of the Carnival for the inconveniences caused. “We would like to apologise for any inconveniences caused as this was an eagerly anticipated annual event which celebrated the beauty of the Zimbabwean cultural diversity and celebration of our hopes and aspirations in the second republic.”
Look out for news on ZTA plans for the Harare International Carnival and our other activities later this year. We will keep you updated.