By Tafadzwa Zimoyo
Top radio and club disc jockey with Power FM Davies Mugadza has resigned while four others are likely to follow suit to join a new station outside Zimbabwe.
Mugadza and his colleagues are reportedly heading to Kenyan radio station K.I.S.S FM in August.
Mugadza confirmed the latest development and is now serving his notice period while the other four were evasive about their future.
Close sources, however revealed that DJ Sikwila (Tafadzwa Sikwila), Butterphly (Tariro Mharapara), Rumbi Moyo and Chamvary (Rumbidzai Mugwira) were likely to join Davies Mugadza on the trek to East Africa.
The source stated that the four had since tendered their resignation letters and now serving their notice periods although the exact dates when they would leave could not be verified.
Asked for comment, former Big Brother contestant Butterphly said hasn’t resigned.
“I have been receiving calls since last week that I have resigned. I am still with Power FM and you will be the first to know if such a development happens,” she said.
Dj Sikwila also denied the story but close sources said they were afraid to comment because their contracts did not allow them to speak to the media.
In an interview with The Herald Entertainment, Mugadza said he handed over his resignation letter to acting station manager Kudzai Marudza on Friday.
“Yes, it is true that I have left Power FM. I have submitted my letter to Marudza who took the letter up to Mr Marewa – the head of human resources.
I am serving my last two months as I begin new work in August. It’s a challenge but I have to take it.
“I have been on radio since 1997 and achieved a lot. It has exposed me to different platforms, hence opened doors from corporate endorsements to some deals that you can’t think of. My resignation terms are different from others,” he said. Mugadza said he joined radio at the age of 20 years.
“I am happy to have acquired much experience in the field especially working with great legends like Simon Parkinson, Tich Mataz, Kudzi Marudza, Admire Taderera and Bridget Gavanga who have groomed youngsters like DJ Skwila, Rumbi Moyo, Butterphly and DJ Smiley.
“I thank ZBC for giving me such a platform,” he said.
Meanwhile, efforts to get comment from ZBC public relations manager Gladman Bandama were fruitless as both his mobile phones were not reachable at the time of going to print.
Repeated calls to his office were unsuccessful with instructions to get hold of him on his mobile phone.
Acting station manager Kudzi Marudza said he could not comment but referred us to Bandama.
“I am not allowed to talk to the Press, it is not my job. Try talking to Bandama,” he said. The departure of the five disc jockeys would certainly be a big blow for Power FM as it struggles to regain market share since the introduction of privately owned commercial radio stations two years ago. The Herald