Local group launches post-election play


NKULUMANE-based Victory-Siyanqoba Arts International drama group has embarked on a unique theatre project aimed at addressing the post-election crisis.


Victory-Siyanqoba Trust director Desire Moyo said the play, Way Forward, was a unique theatre piece which does not have a particular plot or theme because each community in Bulawayo had a different issue that affected it hence the play was dynamic.

He said the play, meant to address issues of democracy implored the electorate and candidates to regroup and come together for “healing”.
Moyo said the project was inspired by the much-disputed July 31 polls which left many disappointed.

“Most people were disappointed after the July 31 polls and thought this is the end, but through this project we want to encourage them to regroup and go back to their communities and map a way forward,” Moyo told Southern Eye Lifestyle.

“The electorate and candidates must come together after elections regardless of political affiliation for healing purposes and the betterment of our communities, as we believe that there is life after elections,” he said.

He said the project has so far had positive reception in Nkulumane, Nketa, Emganwini and Pumula where they have managed to stage talk shows and plays in a bid to address the post-election traumas. The project targeted all age groups and is meant to inspire community-driven solutions to problems that are politically motivated hence everyone part of the community is expected to participate.

“People might have lost hope, but we want to restore it through community-driven solutions,” he said.

He also said they wanted to encourage people not to wait for their leaders to come and dictate the pace for them, but wanted them to have people-driven initiatives to chart a future for their communities.

“We want to encourage people not to rely on their leaders. We want them to be able to dictate the pace in their communities through people-driven initiatives,” he added.