Chimurenga guru, Thomas Mapfumo has angrily denied that he was having an affair which has kept him in Zimbabwe.

“I am not staying with a girlfriend,” he said. “I am actually sleeping alone, but there are some people whom I used to work with like Blessing Vava, my former publicist, who is staying in South Africa, who are trying to soil my image by spreading rumours,” Mapfumo told the Standard.

He said the 28-year-old woman he is allegedly having an affair with could be a fan, just like many women that he interacts with because of his music.

“I have a lot of female friends not only in Zimbabwe, but also in England and the United Kingdom who call me, some we have photos with, but this does not mean they are my girlfriends,” he said.

“I am a principled man who values his family. I am not into prostitution and I don’t have a girlfriend, but people are bitter and want to soil my image.”

Mapfumo said allegations that he was stranded in Zimbabwe after his shows failed to generate enough money were also false and malicious.

“I have a lot of projects that include the building of the culture centre in Domboshava that I have to push into shape and I have to put a structure in Glen Lorne. As soon as that happens, I am free to leave as there are people who will be overseeing the projects,” he said.

“These are some of the reasons why I am still around. How can someone be stuck in his own country, stuck to go to America when Zimbabwe is my home?