HARARE – Top dancehall musician Lady Squanda is in yet another controversial episode after a Kwekwe lodge she was staying in reported missing goods worth $70 after she had just moved out.
Lady Squanda had attended a show organised by award-winning DJ Fydale dubbed “DJ Fydale UK Tour Welcome Bash”.
Other artistes who performed at the same gig include Killer T, Fireman and Kilamani.
Sources close to the happenings who declined to be named said Lady Squanda and her manager Sparks were booked at the lodge by DJ Fydale together with other artistes who had come for a show on Friday night.
Fydale paid for everything and left.
“On Saturday morning, workers at the lodge realised that the following things were missing; drying towel, pillowcases, bed cover, two sheets, and coffee mugs.
“They called DJ Fydale telling him that there were items missing. Fydale then gave them Squanda’s number and they called her. She promised them that she would come back,” the source said.
Lady Squanda is said to have later on switched off her phone.
“After about seven hours, the lodge owners called her and she was no longer picking up her phone. She ended up switching it off. They then called Fydale and threatened to report the matter to the police.
“Fydale then negotiated on Squanda’s behalf, and paid for the missing items. Fydale did not want the story to come out but people at the lodge were angry.
“When Fydale called her she said handizvizive ukabhadhara wakapusa (I don’t know anything to do with the issue, if you pay it’s your own business.)
“Fydale always books artistes at the lodge and has never encountered any problems. He was really disappointed by what Squanda did,” the source added.
Fydale said he got a call from the lodge but did not want delve into the matter.
“I am not sure if it happened but I got a call from the lodge and I paid them,” he said.
Lady Squanda dismissed the accusations as entirely false.
“It is a lie, I did not take anything. I got a call from the lodge over the matter and I said I would go back to sort it out.
“Unfortunately, I could not go back as I had a show in Marondera. If I took their stuff why did they not make it a police case?” she queried.
The lodge’s manager only identified as Saungweme said Lady Squanda did not officially check out on Saturday morning.
“She was booked by Fydale. When checkout time came, she didn’t leave the keys. So when cleaners came they realised that there was stuff missing from the room. When all this transpired I was not there, but I can give you someone to talk to who was present,” she said.
This is not the first time the female chanter has courted controversy.
In 2013, she faked her own death, later on composing a song about the hoax death rumours.
In 2014, she reportedly did not deliver cell phones she had been sent with by people from the United Kingdom to Zimbabwe.