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Zimbabweans Comedians use satire to protest Robert Mugabe

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Actors in Zimbabwe have taken to the stage to protest corruption, unemployment and bad governance despite what government opponents call a crackdown on dissent.

In 'State of the Nation' a group of young Zimbabweans use performance art to mock politicians vying to become country's next leader, and pull no punches when it comes to longtime President Robert Mugabe and his inner circle.

Mugabe is presumed dead at the start of the play then one of the performers unleashes a flurry of jokes about his wife Grace, and what they say is her lavish lifestyle and out-of-touch persona.

Opposition leader including Morgan Tsvangirai, Joice Mujuru and pastor Evan Mawaire did not escape the ridicule, with the actors saying comedy is key to highlight corruption.

Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa, reporting from Harare, said the actors know they may get into trouble but insist they will keep performing until they are forced to shut the play down.

"Several people have been arrested while protesting in the past few weeks. Others have been badly beaten by riot police. For some Zimbabweans, going on stage to voice their opinions is an alternative option," Mutasa said.

At the end of the performance the actor portraying President Mugabe comes back from an unexplained trip abroad. He then says he will win elections in 2018 and 2023, reminding everyone that he is not yet ready to go.

Article Credit: Aljazeera

Updated 2 Years ago

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