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Warrant Of Arrest Issued For Novelist And Filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga

Warrant Of Arrest Issued For Novelist And Filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga

A court on Monday issued an arrest warrant for novelist and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga after she failed to turn up in court where a magistrate was due to deliver judgement in her application for discharge on charges of staging a gathering with intent to promote public violence.

Lawyer Chris Mhike told the Harare Magistrates Court that Dangarembga is currently in Germany seeing her doctor.

The writer is jointly charged with Julia Barnes accused of standing by a road in Harare’s Borrowdale suburb on July 31, 2020, and holding up a placard that said “We Want Better. Reform Our Institutions.”

Prosecutors allege the two intended to cause public violence.

ZimLive reports that magistrate Barbra Mateko was expected to hand down her ruling on the duo’s application for discharge. She postponed the hearing to August 4.

Dangarembga’s lawyer Mhike had asked the court to proceed with the ruling in her absence, but his request was dismissed by the court. Mateko said:

According to the law, any person who defaults coming to court must be issued with a warrant of arrest.

The magistrate also insisted that an accused person should always be present when a judgement is read in court.

Sheila Mupindu for the NPA had opposed the application insisting on the warrant of arrest being issued.

In their joint application for discharge, the two said the state had failed to prove beyond doubt that they had a case to answer since there was nothing on the relevant placards that could be deemed obscene, threatening, abusive or be mistaken for incitement to commit public violence. 

Three witnesses, police officers Constable Cleopas Chupinga, Assistant Inspectors Donald Chademana and Christian Vungai Makora testified.

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14 Comments

Chawabvunza 1 month ago

The state did not see she was a flight risk 😂😂😂😂😂


Chimboti Pizza 1 month ago

Zvino mukamuvharira anozotinyorera manovhera ndiani?😕


Machiavelli 1 month ago

"We want better. Reform our institutions"
Is this really incitement to violence?
ZANU and its acolytes are trampling on People's Basic Rights- The Freedom of Expression.

Next they will be arresting us for breathing


Nonsense 1 month ago

we will all be arrested for demanding a better economy


Vybes Kartel 1 month ago

But who doesn't want "better"? Was Dangarembga wrong to say "reform our institutions"? Aren't our courts to resume Pro Nyagura, a former vc of an institution of higher learning for awarding a PhD degree to Grace Mugabe? So what's wrong when one says reform our institutions.


🇿🇼 1 month ago

okunye lani seliswele what to go like seriously, real criminals are out there yet ligijimisa abantu ababethwele ama box ayebhaliwe kuphela zwii


🌶️🌶️🌶️ 1 month ago

pedze moti commonwealth tioneiwo, musade kuti nyadzisa, munatinyarawo vakomana imi.


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dispenser 1 month ago

come 2023 let's vote CCC for our liberation


Chawabvunza 1 month ago

Tsitsi Dangarembga and her lawyer Chris Mhike know what they are doing. They know that she skipped bail. She may have decided to stay overseas until such a time that it is conducive for her to come back home.

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Mezhumezhu 1 month ago

Ana tsitsi ma icons ayo she is an ambassador thru her literature akawinner ma awards anosimudzira nyika then womusungira kuti toda ma reforms ende futi.ndosaka muchizonamwa sanction


Mmmm 1 month ago

Our magistrates are a disgrace, they don't respect the constitution and people's rights. We have no confidence in our courts.

Vote CCC for freedom.


Bhobho 1 month ago

Nothing violent about her placard, tsvagai mabasa🇿🇼


Gafa 1 month ago

Atadzei muzvare ipapa hoo Borrodale akaonekwa naChiwenga ....hapana nyaya apo.Mkaprovoka VP vane chomoko chavo.Simple


DJ Fanta 1 month ago

People like well established Author Dangarembga have a great influence on people and society...... I rest my case here



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