The organising committee of the enthronement of Inkosi Njolomole IV of Ntcheu has threatened to sue Black Missionaries for not attending a fundraising concert despite recieving K800 000.
Hastings Blessings Jumbe, spokesperson of the organising committee, accuses the reggae outfit of messing up their income generation drive and defrauding them.
He told The Nation that the Blacks got the K800 000 advance payment for a show slated for last Friday at Mkango Lodge in Blantyre and Zomba’s Vibez (formerly DNC) on Saturday.
Band manager Ray Harawa attributed the no-show to communication breakdown and expressed willingness to refund the money.
“I confirm that the story is true and we regret the inconvenience caused. There was a communication breakdown,” he said in a telephone.
This is not the first time the band has been caught in payment wrangles.
But the committee demanded their money back, saying they are ready to take the dispute to court.
“What we want from the band now is our money amounting to K800 000 for breaching the contract signed on August 31. They kept giving us excuses despite pocketing the first instalment,” said Jumbe.
He said the absence of the reggae group affected planning for the ceremony.
“The money paid to the band was meant for fundraising activities. Since the band was not forthcoming, we were stranded. We are going for the installation ceremony frustrated with the Black Missionaries. We need them to pay back,” said Jumbe.
Recently, they came under fire for not appearing at shows in Mzimba and Nkhotakota after they had been paid performance fees.