Mudzvova vows to take $15bn play to Chinese Embassy

HARARE - Award-winning protest actor Sylvanos Mudzvova, who was briefly arrested last week in Harare for staging a controversial one-man play titled Missing Diamonds: I Want My Share, insists that he will take the contentious play to the Chinese Embassy.

Last week Mudzvova intended to stage the play at Parliament and at the Chinese Embassy but his plan failed to materialise after he was arrested five minutes into his play at the legislative assembly.

“I still have to fulfil my mission. I will continue my plan to take my play to the Chinese Embassy as I want them to explain what happened to the missing $15 billion, they are the ones who were mining in Chiadzwa. I strongly believe that theatre is not an offence in this country,” he said.

Mudzvova, who claims that last week he was warned that he would “disappear” like fellow one-man demonstrator and pro-democracy activist Itai Dzamara if he continued with his demonstration, has been arrested on a number of occasions in the country for his involvement in protest plays and political satires.

In 2007, he and Tongani Anthony Tongani were arrested at the premiere of the controversial satire titled The Final Push. The play, which was written by Mudzvova, is about the chairman of a building called Liberty House (Mugabe) and his political challenger (presumed to be opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai) who were trapped together in an elevator during a power failure.

The internationally-acclaimed actor was also once arrested by the police for intending to march on the Parliament building to demand that members of Parliament and other elected officials be legally obligated to declare their assets before taking office.

Five years ago, the irrepressible Mudzvova was among the Rituals outreach team that was arrested and detained in Manicaland.

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