DEPUTY Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, who is also a talented Rhumba musician Energy Mutodi caused a dramatic scene Thursday at the Independence Day celebrations at the National Sports Stadium on Thursday when he refused to sit on a chair that was designated for him.
The chair, which was clearly written his name, was positioned next to that of Nick Ndabaningi Mangwana, the information ministry Permanent Secretary.
Mutodi left his chair and sat on another one next to him which was not occupied.
The two could also be seen avoiding eye contact whatsoever.
Mutodi and Mangwana have been in loggerheads over how to run the Information Ministry.
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Meanwhile, Mutodi has taken a sabbatical from music. During an interview with a local daily last year, Mutodi said he had put his music career on hold following his recent appointment as the deputy minister of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services. Mutodi described his new role as “demanding and challenging” hence dedicating the next five years or so into it.
"My new job is challenging and demanding, hence the decision to put my music career on hold. I cannot be seen commenting on social issues while I am the minister. It will be a clash of interests.I am now focussing on policy formulation and implementation," said Mutodi
He said he would remain relevant and useful to fellow musicians despite him being in government.
"I will continue contributing to the music industry maybe through producing jingles, if it is necessary. Apart from that, I will continue assisting the music industry through formulating policies bent on growing the industry," sad the talented Rhumba musician who is now Information deputy minister.