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Two Faces one Woman - play by Julius Mutyambizi

By Staff

THE ZimDiaspora will start serialising an exciting play written and compiled by Julius Sai Mutyambizi  a Zimbabwean lawyer based in the United Kingdom. The play is entitled Two Faces One Woman and highlights the human story of Zimbabwe’s violent Land invasions that saw the expropriation of white farmland resulting in the collapse of the country’s agro-based economy.

Mutyambizi was born in Harare, Zimbabwe on 4 July 1973. He is a lawyer based in the UK where he runs Dewa legal Services. He has written and published in many newspapers and is also a prominent politician and Human Rights activist.


Julius Mutyambizi

In 2007 he published an anthology titled “Preaching to priests” and has a lot of works under his sleeve. Apart from his writings he is also a songwriter, poet and musician.  He has lived in the UK since 2002 where he also has a family. His best source of inspiration is his son Mandlaenkosi Tendai Mutyambizi-Dewa.

Debbie Scott is the daughter of a white farmer Daniel Scott. This is at the height of the land invasions in Zimbabwe. She courts Takubona Mapembwe a boy she met at a Youth Forum in United Kingdom.

Their affair develops and they now want to marry. Daniel Scott is eyeing election to the leadership of the Productive Farmers Association which is predominantly white and which oversees commercial farming. He has to be seen to be an effective leader during these trying times.

The immediate policy of the Productive Farmers Association is to call for the total isolation of Zimbabwe’s ruling elite or to call it off in exchange for appropriated formerly white owned farms.

On the other end Takubona Mapembwe is the son of Nekuboka Mapembwe, a moderate former fighter of Zimbabwe’s liberation war. However his aspirations to lead the radical Freedom Veterans

Association and with it the possibility to eventually ascend to the leadership of the country means that he has to have an uncompromising and militant attitude towards perceived opponents.

As their affair firms, Debbie and Takubona find themselves exposed to the real power games of land appropriation and targeted sanctions as the antithesis of failed race relations and the failure to balance the challenges of history and the aspirations of the future in contemporary postcolonial societies.