Tanzania’s regulatory body Baraza la Sanaa Taifa (BASATA) has denied reports that it is considering taking action against singer Harmonize for leaving the country to Kenya without a permit.
In an audio posted by Bongo 5, an official refuted claims that BASATA was relooking Harmonize’s trip to Kenya with a view of taking disciplinary action.
“Kuna mtu aliuliza kwamba mna habari kwamba ameondoka? Sisi hatuna habari. Lakini ati tumesema tumemchukulia hatua za kinidhamu? Hapana. Wanasema kwamba ati hakuaga, mtu anaweza kua hakuaga ameenda shughuli zake binafsi na kisha yanayomkiuta hatujui,” said the official.
Asked whether the body had contacted the artist’s management over the issue, he said that they have no reason to.
“Ikiwa mtu ameenda shughuli zake alafu hajaaga kwa nini tuwaulize. Wakumbuka wakati ule alikwenda marekani watu wakalalamika tukasema hatupokei mtu hajaaga kwa kuwa hatujui kwa hio hamna haja ya kuwauliza,” he added.
The official reiterated that it was incumbent upon the artists to inform the body when they are flying out so that they can enjoy the organ’s mechanisms when they run to problems outside the country.
“Wito ni kwamba kuna sharia na taratibu za kufuatwa, saa hii kuna anenda kwa ajili ya Sanaa nje ya Tanzania taratibu ni kwambaa aage. Shauri wakiwa na muda ule wapiti balozi ya Tanzania mahali ambapo wamekwenda inaleta utenda kazi mzuri sio wakimbilie tu mabalozini wfour-houra matatizo.”
On Sunday, the singing sensation was held in a hotel in Eldoret over unpaid bills after spending the night in a room worth Sh16, 000.
According to a source, Harmonize checked out of Starbucks Hotel Sunday after a four hour detention.
He was with four companions. The four had slept in Sh13, 000 rooms.