Anne Nhira has been receiving harsh criticism on social media after she asked the government to stop the South African entertainer Zodwa WaBantu from performing at this year’s carnival. The actress had complained that Zodwa was “over-hyped” at the expense of local Zimbabwean artists.
Zodwa Wabantu Will Not Perform – Censorship Board
South African entertainer Zodwa Libram, popularly known as Zodwa Wabantu, will not perform at the Harare International Carnival next week as her appearance will be a travesty of the country’s culture.
“Your mandate as the board is derived from the Censorship and Entertainment Control Act Chapter 10:04.
“It is a well-known fact that the Constitution of Zimbabwe has a provision for the freedom of artistic expression, cultural beliefs and association.”
Dr Chombo said the same Constitution, through an Act of Parliament, empowers the board to ensure that the freedoms are reasonably limited so they do not infringe on other people’s rights.
He said the board was faced with many challenges in administering the Act, given today’s environment where there is heightened scrutiny by members of the public, internet and social media use.
“I am pleased to note that Board of Censors is coming up with an online project, which will facilitate the certification of publications, artistes and public media.
“This is an important step in working towards achieving seamless e-Government connectivity and complementing the Government policy thrust of enhancing the ease of doing business,” he said.
“The online platform will improve the sharing of vital information to the other nine provinces that were not receiving the board’s services.”
Other members of the board are Police Senior Assistant Commissioner Mrs Charity Charamba, Mrs Bona Chikore, Mrs Runyararo Magadzire, Chief Nyamukoho Samson Katsande, Mr Regis Chikowore, Mr Shingai Rukwata Ndoro, Mr Chenjerai Daitai, Mr Tungamirai Muganhiri and Catholic priest Father Fidelis Mukonori.