Music promoter commits suicide over $450 debt

Posted on Jan 26 2014 - 11:03pm by admin

By Staff Reporter

HARARE – Music promoter Tawanda Chingara, who worked for Red Rose Entertainment, committed suicide by taking poison on Friday after allegedly losing US$450 in a botched motor spares deal. 

Tawanda Chingara

Tawanda Chingara

Its claimed Chingara borrowed the money from a workmate at Red Rose Entertainment only identified as Jean.

When the deal turned sour Jean is alleged to have engineered Chingara’s arrest by police in Glen Norah.

“I am told Tawanda borrowed money from Jean to purchase minibus spare parts that he had been told would sell double the price. It appears the deal did not materialise and he ended up losing the money,” a source is quoted saying.

“No one told me what was happening until last Thursday morning when Jean came to confess but Tawanda had been taken into custody by the police in Glen Norah.

According to Red Rose Entertainment director Barbara Chikosi, Jean went to Chingara’s house with the police and found his brother at home.
They waited until Chingara’s wife came around 8pm.

“It is said they wanted to take the wife to the police station to pressurise him,” said Chikosi.

She said the wife called Chingara and he came home and had a two-hour meeting with his creditor. They agreed he would return the money the following day, but he could not fulfill the promise.

“I did not know anything about the deal and I tried to intervene, but he refused to come to work.
The next thing I heard he had taken poison in Harare Gardens and was taken to Parirenyatwa Hospital where he died the following day.”

Chingara is survived by his wife Doris Shava and a son.

Mourners are gathered at house number 3770 Glen Norah A, Harare.

He will be buried in Chivhu.

  • Mai Va Ruby

    Why were the police acting as debt collectors

    • Smoke

      The police behavior must be condemned in the strongest terms. They contributed to the demise of the deceased by making the US$450 appeal like mount Kilimanjaro. Jay´s suggestion was the most amicable option under the circumstance.

  • jay

    R.I.P. they should have solved it work deducting from his salary.

  • penial gland

    This story is really tragic.The whole thing could have been solved amicably without police involvement.Life is worth much much more than a mere $450!!!!what a shame R.I.P brother!!!

  • Gaba Rinocheka

    This is just insane! In as much as I dont encourage any1 to commit suicide no matter the circumstances I dont blame Tawanda for reacting the way he did after being humiliated infront of his wife and kid. Uyo anonzi Jean anenge asina kukwanawo and I dont think he was ever a true friend to Tawanda. Learn to follow the right channels when resolving disputes.Nemiwo mapurisa munenge munatwo, manje zvabatsirei?? Somebody at PSMAS is swindling $250 000 every month from the taxpayer and yet he is not even touched by the police. Nxaa mhani.RIP Sparkle Tawanda.

  • Chikandamina

    I feel there’s more to this story?!facts do not add up

  • Mike

    And this is why we need the economy booming again again than having people dying over $450.