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Zim high court lifts ban on documentary showing Mugabe as a dictator

The one hour and forty-minute long documentary provided a unique insiders’ view on Zimbabwe’s fraught constitution-making process.

FILE: Robert Mugabe. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s high court has lifted a three-year ban by the censorship board on an award-winning documentary about the making of Zimbabwe’s Constitution, which was adopted in 2013.

When the film was banned, there were complaints that it showed former president Robert Mugabe to be a dictator but of course, now, he’s no longer in power.

The one hour and forty-minute long documentary provided a unique insiders’ view on Zimbabwe’s fraught Constitution-making process.

The two lead characters in the film were Douglas Mwonzora of the Movement for Democratic Change and Paul Mangwana of ZANU-PF.

The Constitution was eventually adopted at a referendum in 2013, but then Zimbabwe’s censorship board found that the contents of the documentary were not suitable for the public.

At the time, ZANU-PF’s Mangwana told local media he agreed with the ban; he said the documentary portrayed Mugabe as a dictator.

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights has finally got the Harare High Court to overturn the ban, allowing production company Upfront Films to distribute the DVD locally.

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