The Katumba Brothers were sentenced to death in 1979 by the illegal government headed by Bishop Abel Muzorewa. They were convicted of ‘carrying arms of war’. This poster was produced by the Zimbabwe Emergency Campaign Committee, set up by the AAM, to ask the British government to intervene to stop the hangings.
The two brothers were born in Rhodesia and had joined the struggle for independence at a young age. Benchard was only 16 when he was arrested, while Leavit was 19. They were both sentenced to death, despite their young age and the fact that they had not committed any violent act.
The Zimbabwe Emergency Campaign Committee was set up by the AAM in order to raise awareness of the situation and ask the British government to intervene. The campaign was successful and the two brothers were spared from execution.