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October 25, 2012
Lawyers representing award-winning theatre practitioner Tafadzwa
Muzondo eventually filed an appeal with the Appeal Board as set
out in Section 19 of the Censorship and Entertainment Control Act
after literally struggling to locate the Appeal Board for more than
a month and as it stands they could not submit the appeal with the
prescribed fees as no one is aware how much the prescribed fees
Board has not set since 2009 and so the appeal was lodged through
the Permanent Secretary of Home Affairs on 18 October and as of
today, we have not been furnished with the prescribed fee for the
application yet the law says no appeal shall be entertained by the
Appeal Board until such fees have been paid", says Tawanda
Zhuwara of Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights representing Tafadzwa Muzondo alongside
Belinda Chinowawa also of ZLHR.
at the state of affairs, Tafadzwa Muzondo, the writer director and
producer of the play said, "I am shocked to learn that the
Appeal Board has not set since 2009 and hope that the relevant ministry
will understand that such a situation does not work in our favour
as artists who have been stopped from practising our source of livelihoods.
We have already missed on Intwasa Arts Festival even though the
Board of Censors had approved that schedule earlier and we are continuing
to miss out on other opportunities to stage the play in the country.
Considering that this play was banned after being staged without
any problems and a lot of issues in the industry that are to do
with censorship, I honestly believe that the Board owes it to the
industry and the nation not to be a reactive but proactive board
to avoid suffocating creativity hence destroying the emerging arts
industry in the country."
regulating authorities, they home affairs counterparts police included,
have adopted a proactive approach where they reach out to the people
to prevent crime yet the Board of Censors and the entire structures
of the Censorship and Entertainments Control Act only come to surface
when they are banning plays. I was moderating a workshop recently
with artists in Masvingo organised by Artists for Democracy in Zimbabwe
Trust and most artists said they did not know where the Board is
as they only hear of it when plays are banned", continued
EDZAI ISU Theatre
Arts Project and Zvido Zvevanhu Arts Ensemble could not stage the
much anticipated performances of "No Voice No Choice"
at Intwasa Arts Festival at the end of September this year after
High Court Judge Justice Gurainesu Mawadze ruled that the urgent
chamber application filed to lift the ban before Intwasa could not
be treated as urgent. And now with the Appeal Board in shambles,
chances that the Zimbabwean populace will ever see this creative
and innovative NAMA Outstanding Theatrical Production nominee now
hinge with how urgent the Home Affairs Ministry responds to the
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