SUNGURA musician Peter Moyo believes the authorities have been unfair to the showbiz sector as it emerged that artistes face a very tough festive season due to lockdown restrictions which have made it impossible to hold shows.
Cabinet this week reduced the numbers at public gatherings to a maximum of 100 irrespective of the type of gathering amid fears of a second and more devastating wave of the pandemic.
The Utakataka Express leader argued that Government has allowed huge crowds dor other lines of businesses than those that attend music shows gather.
“To be honest, my plea to the authorities is to consider showbiz sector. We have gone for more than seven months without shows and the question is they think we are surviving on what?” queried Peter.
“They know the reality and what we are facing. The other issue is other sectors have been relaxed, we are seeing thousands of people in town, at bus termini and other informal sectors.
“I think those numbers are bigger than those that come to our shows. It was better for them to limit numbers at shows than stop us. We will then thrive on hiking charges.
“At the end of the day we don’t have an option, they are doing it in consultations with experts but to be truthful we end up not seeing the logic. Not that I am praying to have other sectors restricted but to also consider us.
“Do they even know that the arts industry contributes a lot to the economy?
“It’s been difficult for musicians to sustain the band. I even ended up selling my cattle at my rural home to make sure the guys get something. It’s a difficult situation,” added Peter.