Kelly Khumalo walks out on Harare gig in solidarity with Somizi

South African singer, actress and dancer Kelly Khumalo on Thursday cancelled an appearance in Harare in solidarity with Somizi Mhlongo before returning a deposit paid into her account to host the event, Zim Morning Post can report.


Khumalo was a last minute inclusion to host the Garwe Restaurant re-opening event after Zanu PF shut out South African TV star Somizi over his sexual orientation.

Insiders say the South African singer walked away at the airport minutes before her flight scheduled to depart at 4pm for Harare. The re-opening launch had been rescheduled to start at 6pm to accommodate Khumalo’s arrival.


Khumalo reimbursed Garwe restaurant while Somizi was paid 30 percent of his R250,000 charge as a cancelation fee.


Most gays and lesbians in Zimbabwe have to hide their sexual identity as discrimination, exclusion and violent attacks remain a constant threat.


Zim Morning Post understands that the Idols SA judge had agreed to a R250, 000 purse to host the gig and embark on social media campaigns aimed at promoting the eatery’s brand.


“Somizi was set to fly in but his invitation became unattainable after calls were made for him not to attend on grounds of his sexual-orientation,” said an insider.

Somizi’s date with Harare was cancelled after ruling party aligned churches under the Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe and the party’s youth league vowed to block Somizi from attending the red carpet event.


“We represent indigenous churches in Zimbabwe and are strongly rooted to our culture and support our revolutionary party. It is after we saw an article in our leading paper “Sunday Mail, 31 October edition” that a South African well known gay, Somizi Mhlongo “Somiz” is coming to Zimbabwe to grace the reopening of Garwe Restaurant on the 4 of November 2021. The church is strongly against such an event in the sense that Somiz is a homosexual, hence according to our People’s driven Constitution, Zimbabwe doesn’t tolerate homosexuality,” said the church grouping.


The Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe went on to claim that Somizi’s attendance would cost Zanu PF votes in the 2023 elections.


One Comment

  1. I think the message is clear here. The generality of Zimbos dont like gays….spare us the lessons on human rights, we are a God fearing nation

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