Controversial Photo Exhibition To Go To Rural Areas

Machisa said taking the pictures to rural communities across the country will be don in the spirit of “truth telling” and national healing. “We have planed exhibitions across the country and I think they will go ahead. We are not doing this in order to confront anyone but in the
interest of truth telling to facilitate a genuine national healing process,” said Machisa.

He said police officers have been visiting their offices in Harare and other provincial offices in search of the pictures but they have not
managed to confiscate anything.

“We are not intimidated at all by those threats. Why would the police want those pictures? It is now evident that they must have
participated in maiming of political activists and all the killings that happened in 2008,” he said.

Machisa said the police claims that they want to take the pictures to the Censorship Board were baseless since the pictures are not an
artistic impression.

“This is not a matter for the Censorship Board. These people did not seek any permission when they were beating up people. Those pictures are of real people who were beaten up at the height of the political violence in 2008 and the exhibition is meant to denounce all the perpetrators of the violence,” said Machisa.

Zimrights last month started an exhibition to show gory pictures of the victims of political violence and the showcase was officially
opened by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. Machisa was briefly detained by police just a few hours before the exhibition started and had to be released after Tsvangirai had intervened. The police also took away the photos and had to return them after a High Court ruling.

The exhibition narrates the story of Zimbabwe’s political violence from March 11 2007 when the police blocked a Save Zimbabwe Campaign prayer meeting.

One photo shows former opposition leader Tsvangirai, his face swollen after he was assaulted by police two years before he joined the
coalition government with Mugabe in February last year.