Dancehall chanter Winky D whose real name is Wallace Chirumiko faces a 10-year ban from the United Kingdom for allegedly swindling $27 000 from England-based Zimbabwean promoter Luther Pakazvakavambwa.
The artist is suspected to have also been blacklisted from performing in Australia.
According to Sunday Mail, Pazvakavambwa said he could not let Winky D and his management “walk scot-free” after inflicting such financial injuries on his company.
“I paid £2 800 for work permits, £1 500 for visas, £9 800 on air tickets, £1 200 for accommodation and his performance fee of £4 475 plus other minor but related costs. This is not money that one can just let go.
“Only a fool would invest so much money and time only to mess up at the last minute. These guys missed the flight for reasons best known to themselves . . . Winky D should know that before he engages any UK promoter he must fulfil these shows he missed with us,” said Pazvakavambwa.
Pazvakavambwa said his lawyers had already engaged the UK Border Agency and that Winky D faces a lengthy ban from performing in the UK and other EU countries.
However, Winky D’s manager accused Pazvakavambwa of using fraudulent tickets.
“Check the documents that he sent you – they are not in order. Some of the tickets were cancelled; you can get the reference numbers and get confirmation from the airlines,” said Bartholomew Vera.