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Zimbabwean author and activist Tsitsi Dangarembga facing trial in home country

Zimbabwean-Germany based author and activist Tsitsi Dangarembga facing trial in home country.

African news. A Zimbabwean court has refused to exonerate the award-winning author and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga for attending an anti-government protest in July 2020.

Dangarembga, who received the 2021 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, has been charged with public incitement to violence, breach of the peace and bigotry in her African homeland of Zimbabwe.

The trial is now scheduled to continue on August 10 with defence witnesses being called to testify. Earlier, in an interview with DW, the author had expressed confidence that the court would drop the charges.

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Dangarembga will have to state her case before an anti-corruption court in the capital of Zimbabwe Harare which reports directly to President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

In the past it had appeared that the writer would not be able to attend the trial due to sickness due to illness.