Award-winning Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga, a nominee for this year’s Booker Prize, has been arrested in the country’s capital, Harare, and bundled into a lorry full of police armed with AK-47 rifles and riot gear.
The 61 year old Dangarembga, was arrested during an anti-government protest together with another protester (Julie Barnes), after the government had warned that participation in the demonstration is regarded as insurrection.
Opposition parties and civil society organisations had called for protests against alleged government corruption and a deepening economic crisis with inflation running at more than 700%. But President Emmerson Mnangagwa has accused the opposition of exploiting the country’s economic challenges to topple his government.
Dangarembga was carrying placards calling for reforms and for the release of Prominent investigative journalist Hopewell Chin’ono, who was since detained having exposed, back in June, an alleged multi-million dollar scandal involving coronavirus supplies – revelations which led to the sacking of the health minister.
The author later tweeted that they were being held at Borrowdale Police Station, later saying: “May not be able to tweet for a while.”