One-man play actor set free

HARARE - Protest and award-winning actor Sylvanos Mudzvova, who was arrested on Wednesday in the capital for staging a controversial one-man play Missing Diamond: I Want My Share, has been released without charge but not before being warned that he could disappear just like missing anti-President Robert Mugabe activist Itai Dzamara.

Mudzvova took to Facebook soon after his release and wrote: “cdes, colleagues and friends thank you for the support, thank you for the solidarity messages. I was released last (Wednesday) night without being charged and the police will call when they find a suitable charge. That’s Zimbabwe for you. Am still demanding my $1 000 share”.

Mudzvova was arrested along with journalists who were covering his one-man play just across Parliament building.

Speaking to the Daily News soon after his release, the actor said: “On that day, I set my stage at appropriately 20 metres from Parliament entrance according to what the law says.

“I started my performance according to the script. When I was about five minutes into the play I could see them arresting journalists who were covering my show.

“Then a ZRP member-in-charge stationed at Parliament with his assistant arrested me and took me into the Parliament Police Post. Inside the post, they started throwing accusations that I was being used by white people to remove . . . Mugabe.

“I was thoroughly searched and found with three dollars in my pockets,” said Mudzvova.

Absurdly, police accused reporters, including a Daily News reporter, of having been part of the actor’s crew.

“From Parliament, I was taken to Harare Central Police Station on foot as they did not have a car to transport me.

“When we arrived, I was interrogated over who was funding me.

“The interrogation lasted about two hours. I was transferred to the office of officer commanding Harare province where he openly told me politics was dangerous and I should stop it before what happened to (Itayi) Dzamara happened to me,” he said.

Mudzvova was released after he convinced the police that he was not staging a demonstration but was just performing theatre.

“They cannot charge me under Posa (Public Order and Security Act) as theatre is exempted by that Act so they transferred me to the law and order section where the vetting process started again on who is funding me, who is your girlfriend among other questions.

“They asked me to perform the play and I gladly  . . . performed for them for about 15 minutes. 

“They were stunned by my demands and my performance to the extent of offering me a soft drink.

“Now they were confused on how to charge me. Some police officers said I should be charged under the Censorship Act while others said under National Council Act and Criminal Law and Codification Act for causing annoyance but I refused to pay the $10 fine . . . as they were no public complainants. 

“So they finally released me and said they will call me when they find a suitable charge.”

Comments (4)

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chastuchus - 15 April 2016

Yes! Thumbs up. It reminds me during my days at school, 1982, when I was taught to perform by the late Ngugi Wamirri...eish! When Cont Mhlanga and Tickey( the late) used to speak for the people through ARTs. Cont, what is happening to you? Did you get your $1000...kkkkkk

dollarman - 15 April 2016

what is lacking in most young zimbabweans(bravely) mudzvova has it in abundance. keep on the fire burning very soon other youts and concerned zimbabweans will join you. aluta continua

chatsva - 15 April 2016

imbwa dzevanhu how do you arrest an innocent man instead of those involved in the scam. thus how Zimbabwe was always ruled, you silence people by imprisoning them. now its time wee reclaim our country back

muferefeti - 15 April 2016

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