A mob of about 30 Zanu (PF) youths helped 15 police officers to arrest the actors at Nedziwa growth point near Mutambara mission accusing them of “spreading imperialistic messages to the unpolluted population” of the mountainous area in the province of Manicaland, eastern Zimbabwe.
Mudzvova told RadioVOP from the cells where they had been detained without charge: “We were performing for about 200 people before a mob singing Zanu (PF) revolutionary songs swooped on us and police had us in handcuffs before we realised what was happening.
Moyo added: “This was despite the fact that we had clearance from the Censorship Board.”
The play, which looks at the issue of violence in the community was written by the acclaimed Stephen Chifunyise, directed and produced by Daves Guzha.
It is a musical and inspirational production that features a line-up of award-winning actors who include Mandla Moyo, Zenzo Nyathi, Joyce Mpofu, Chipo Bizure and Silvanos Mudzvova and Rutendo Chigudu.
Mudzvova said he suspected he would be detained before being “deported” from Chimanimani.
He also suspected the reason for the harassment was a sign that Zanu (PF) wanted to stifle voices deemed politically incorrect ahead of 2011 elections.