Rooftop Promotions had notified Bulawayo police through the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) of their intention to stage the play on Wednesday afternoon at Bulawayo Polytechnic College.
But in a letter written to Eunice Ndlovu of NACZ, the police refused to sanction the staging of the play in Bulawayo.
The police instructed the arts promotion organisation to seek clearance to stage the play from the Organ on National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration.
“In terms of section 26 of the Public Order and Security Act Amendment number 18 of the Principal Act I regret to advise that this office cannot sanction the drama/play due to the following reasons. There is in place an Organ on National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration set by the government to deal with all issues centred on the the healing process. May you seek clearance from the concerned organ,” reads part of the police letter written by Chief Superintendent R.N Masina, the police regulatory authority.
In January eight Rooftop artists were arrested and detained at Cashel Police Station in Chimanimani, Manicaland while on a national tour promoting the play Rituals.
Rituals, which was written by Stephen Chifunyise and directed and produced by Daves Guzha is a story told in panoramic fashion chronicling how community initiated cultural solutions meet with serious challenges which either prevent their conclusive enactment or achievement of the desired results. Its cast includes Silvanos Mudzvova, Mandla Moyo, Zenzo Nyathi, Joyce Mpofu, Chipo Bizure and Rutendo Chigudu.