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arrested over Final Push play
October 03, 2007
James Jemwa, actors Sylvanos Mudzvova and Anthony Tongani were arrested
in Harare during the performance of the satirical play, Final Push,
which depicts the country's seven-year socio-economic political
According to Daniel Maphosa,
the play's technical director and producer, the three were
arrested in Harare Gardens' Theatre in the Park by plainclothes
police officers who were part of the audience that had gathered
to watch the play. Mudzvova and Tongani were arrested backstage
and bundled into a police truck.
Jemwa who was filming
the play was arrested when he went backstage to investigate what
was going on. "The arrests are a travesty of justice and an
affront to freedom of expression. Our space for public debate and
free expression is shrinking daily," said Maphosa.
could not immediately ascertain the nature of the charges against
the three and whether they were still in custody but that lawyers
from the Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights were on the case. The ZLHR lawyer who
is representing the three could not be immediately contacted for
the MISA-Zimbabwe fact
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