Artists condemn arrest of activists  

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Vasco Chaya
LIFESTYLE WRITER
chayav@dailynews.co.zw
AWARD-winning novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga has joined musicians Edith WeUtonga, Sani Makhalima and Takura among others who have publicly condemned the recent arrest of politician Jacob Ngarivhume among several activists who have been arrested as the July 31 demonstration looms.

On Monday, Dangarembga staged a one person demonstration in the capital over the arrest of Ngarivhume and other “protestant” people.
While Dangarembga opted for a demonstration, some of the artists have protested via social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
The artists are calling for the release of Ngarivhume and others.
Some of the notable artists who have joined the campaign on social media include United Kingdom-based singer WeUtonga, urban groover Makhalima and Takura.
Recently, Dangarembga also staged a one-person demonstration at Rhodesville Police Station in the capital against the abuse of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.
While the government imposed a national lockdown in March to curb the spread of the deadly pathogen, it is doing little to feed the masses locked in isolation homes.
Back in the day, there was a general fear among artists when it came to issues of politics and governance.
The only notable artistic voices that criticised government through song were that of the legendary Thomas
“Mukanya” Mapfumo and Leonard Zhakata.

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