Kumasowe to premiere at Book Café

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A PLAY caricaturing the beating of police officers by members of the Johanne Masowe apostolic sect in Harare’s Budiriro area in June will be premiered at the Book Café on Wednesday.
The police last week summoned the writer, Silvanos Mudzvova, and ordered him to abandon the launch.
The law enforcement agency argued the play, Kumasowe, flouted the Censorship and Entertainment Control Act.
The law makes it illegal to exhibit cinematographic films and disseminate undesirable publications and pictures. The law also regulates theatres and places of public entertainment in the interests of safety.
Despite the ban, Mudzvova said he will be going ahead with the official launch of the play at the Book Café this Wednesday.
“Kumasowe will be showing this Wednesday at Book Café and people should book seats now. It is still the original work, I have not altered it and will not do that in the near future,” he said.
Mudzvova criticised what he said was the use of colonial pieces of legislation such as the Censorship Act by the present government to stifle artistic creativity.
The police were at the receiving end in June after a group of worshippers thoroughly beat up the law enforcement officers who had gone to their shrine in Glen View to arrest them on spurious charges.
The beating provided some bit of comic relief to Zimbabweans who have often endured assaults at the hands of the police during political protests.Advertisement