The Large City Hall in Bulawayo will be hosting one of the biggest gospel shows in recent times as top South African gospel musician Lebo Sekgobela is set to grace the Biometric Voter Registration Concert this Saturday.
Entrance to the show to watch the Lion of Judah hit-maker will be for free for those who have registered to vote. All one has to do is to produce their registration slip and they are allowed in.
If one does not have that slip, they pay $5 for general entrance and $10 for VIP. Those with registration slips, if they want to gain access to VIP, will have to top up with $5.
The show will commence at 2PM and end at 8PM.
Lebo will be joined on stage by some of the country’s finest gospel artistes in the form of award-winning Lorraine Maplanka Stot, who did a cameo performance at Rev TT. Chivaviro‘s new album launch last Monday, gospel choir Vocal Ex, Mai Mwamuka, Women of Valour, Dunamis Men, Conquerors, Gospel Unplugged, One Spirit and humourist-slash-singer Nceku.
The show will be hosted by the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD), a non-profit making organisation with a mandate to help women harness their capacity and unlock their potential as catalysts of local and national leadership. They will capture the event live under the #SlayTheVote2018 and #ivote2018 hashtags on Facebook and Twitter respectively.
WILD Executive director, Samukeliso Khumalo said they want to encourage people to register hence the free price tag for those with registration slips.
She said they realised that Christians do not vote and have decided this time around to entice them into registering to vote through a gospel concert.
She told The Chronicle:
“The organisation intends to reach out to women in churches after realization that most Christians do not participate in electoral processes. The concert is meant to encourage citizens especially Christians to register to vote. It is also an opportunity for citizens to pray for peace as the country prepares for the 2018 harmonized election.”
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) officers will be registering the people during the concert. The commission is conducting a mobile voter registration mop-up exercise to cater for people who failed to register during its mobile BVR blitz that ended on December 19.
The mop-up exercise commenced on January 10 and will end on February 8.