The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority has cancelled the Harare International Carnival citing the prevailing economic climate. The carnival is a week-long annual festival which encompasses a series of events and festivities aimed at advancing the arts, culture and the heritage of Zimbabwe.

“The much-anticipated annual event which had been pencilled for December 2018 will not be held this year and this decision was not arrived at lightly,” ZTA head corporate affairs, Godfrey Koti, said

The event was postponed in October due to what ZTA cited as “competing events”, however the failing economy necessitated the cancellation of the event which had been rescheduled for December.

The cancellation news follows a recent announcement by ZTA chief executive Karikoga Kaseke that 19 countries had confirmed that they would be in attendance. The carnival fiasco has also been riddled with so much drama, its Brand Ambassador Genius Kadungure, also known as Ginimbi, was recently bailed after being arrested on allegations of tax evasion amounting to $22 million.

“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.”

The week-long Harare International Carnival, attracts thousands of people, including foreigners, it has become one of Zimbabwe’s most attended entertainment event.

“Therefore, we’d like to apologize 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,” Koti, said.

In a statement ZTA advised all its partners, stakeholders, the media and the general populace that after wide consultations it has  decided to defer the hosting of the Harare International Carnival.
According to the ZTA authority statistics, last year’s concert and street party attracted about 1.5 million people.