Police silence song


PLUMTREE - Police pounced at a bar in Plumtree, ordering the bar attendants to close the bar and accusing them of playing music that denigrates Mugabe's government.
Witnesses said the bar attendants were playing the music of a group called Abanqobi Bomhlaba, who are currently based in South A

frica. Uniformed police officers threatened to arrest everyone, and ordered the bar be closed.
“The music sent everyone into frenzy, dancing and singing together with the radio. The song criticizes Mugabe for brutalising his opponents in order continue in power. Suddenly police officers emerged and revellers at the bar, noticing that they were no longer safe, took to their heels. The bar was deserted in just few minutes,” said a witness, who requested anonymity.
Police warned the attendants never to play such music, saying it was a crime to play music that criticises the head of state. The attendants were not arrested but were cautioned and allowed to reopen the bar.
Attempts to get comment from Matabeleland South police spokesperson Inspector Tafanana Dzirutvwe, were fruitless. – Silas Nkala

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