Bulawayo – Amazing Stars Arts Academy (ASAA), a local drama group, in partnership with the Zimbabwe Development Democracy Trust (ZDDT) and Geraldine Roche of Australia, thrilled a large crowd of local residents and shoppers.
The drama, focusing on themes of citizen mobilisation, leadership and keeping the environment clean, was staged behind the Egodini Terminus on the edge of the city’s CBD.
Bulawayo’s biggest commuter omnibus terminus played host to local people who thronged the area to get a glimpse of what the group had on offer.
Through humour and satire, the Forgiven Ndlovu-led outfit left the people of Bulawayo begging for more.
Some of the residents, who were part of the audience, said they were not only entertained, but also enlightened on a number of issues pertaining to leadership and democracy.
“I have learnt that councillors should not abuse their positions, especially as we go towards elections,” said MaNcube, of Makokoba, Bulawayo’s poorest neighbourhood.
“Councillors should not hide food handouts and should not discriminate against people in the distribution of food.”
Kelvin Nzira, another Makokoba resident, said he learnt that there was no substitute for hygienic practices.
“Places such as Egodini should be kept clean,” he said. Sodumo Khumalo, of Pumula South, also appreciated the performance by ASAA.
“I have learnt so many things from this drama group,” said Khumalo.
“I learnt that we should keep our environment clean because tall grass is a breeding site for mosquitoes and malaria. On leadership, I learnt that the City Council should make sure that the city is properly managed for the good of all residents.