Zim militants seek to boycott Nando's

2011-11-29 14:31

Harare - A militant youth group loyal to Zimbabwe’s president is calling for a boycott of a restaurant chain whose latest advertisement depicts the aging, authoritarian president as "the last dictator standing", state radio reported on Tuesday.

The radio quoted the head of the group calling for South Africa-based Nando's to withdraw the ad that depicts President Robert Mugabe or face punitive action. Jimu Kunaka, the head of a group known as Chipangano, said the restaurant chain risked action including a boycott. Chipangano is a "brotherhood" of Mugabe loyalists.

The commercial that touts chicken shows Mugabe dining alone at Christmas, his empty table set for departed dictators including Muammar Gaddafi.

To the soundtrack of Mary Hopkin's hit song "Those were the days, my friend", the commercial shows an actor playing Mugabe reminiscing about his times with former dictators. It portrays him and Gaddafi engaging in a water-pistol fight, with Gaddafi wielding a golden AK-47 water pistol.

The ersatz Mugabe also makes sand angels with Iraq's Saddam Hussein, sings karaoke with Chairman Mao, and holds overthrown Ugandan dictator Idi Amin astride a tank in a scene parodying Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet in the hit movie "Titanic".

The head of Nando's Zimbabwe franchise said it was not informed of the South African television and press campaign, and is independent of them.

Poor taste

Musekiwa Kumbula, corporate affairs director at Innscor Africa, holders of the Nando's franchise in Zimbabwe, said in a statement the 60-second television commercial widely seen on Zimbabwe websites was generated in South Africa for its market and clientele.

The Innscor group "strongly feels the advertisement is insensitive and in poor taste", he said.

But, he added, "No consultation takes place between different franchises when they are formulating marketing strategies".

It is an offense under Zimbabwe law to insult Mugabe or undermine the authority of his office.

Mugabe once maintained close ties with Gaddafi. But relations became strained over payments for a gasoline deal during acute fuel shortages and shortly before the Libyan leader befriended Western leaders such as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, whom Mugabe harshly criticized for his policies toward Zimbabwe.

Chairman Mao's China helped train Mugabe's guerrillas to end white rule in the former British colony of Rhodesia and Mugabe has been a frequent visitor to China ever since.

Mugabe played host to Saddam Hussein at a world summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in 1986. And though Mugabe was a sharp critic of apartheid-era South African President PW Botha - depicted in the commercial being pushed on a swing by Mugabe - apartheid South Africa remained Zimbabwe's biggest trading partner.

Business tycoon Ray Kaukonde, a major stockholder in Innscor and a former provincial governor in Mugabe's Zanu-PF party, said the advertising denigrated Mugabe. He called it "a violation of business ethics" and said it was "in total disregard of African values", state radio reported on Tuesday.

Negative portrayal

State radio said Chipangano demanded an apology be made to the nation for the "negative portrayal" of Mugabe, 87, who led Zimbabwe to independence in 1980.

Critics, Western governments and rights groups have said he has become increasingly authoritarian and unleashed a decade of violence, vote-rigging and intimidation amid a breakdown of the rule of law since he ordered the seizures of thousands of white-owned farms in 2000.

Human rights activists accuse the Chipangano group of forming violent gangs that roam Harare's impoverished townships and seize property from street vendors and householders seen as supporters of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's former opposition party in the nation's fragile 30-month coalition government.

Harare-based officials for the South African-based satellite television provider DStv said that if the commercial is aired on South African channels, it cannot be filtered out of programmes received by tens of thousands of Zimbabwean subscribers.

  • Paulus - 2011-11-29 14:44

    That's cool, carry on, boycott them, all 10 of you. "in total disregard of African values". Which values would that be then? The ones where the Prez is untouchable, above God, and not to be trifled with?

      Chris - 2011-11-29 15:00

      Offer them some free Nandos and watch how long their boycott will last.

      Impi - 2011-11-29 15:01

      Cool! I love this ad! Please air every 15 minutes in Zim so they can start laughing at their old clown.

      Anthony - 2011-11-29 15:14

      I understand the chip part, but what happened to anzees part?

  • PaasHaas - 2011-11-29 14:45

    All this will do is make the video even more popular worldwide. Goes to show, diktators dont have a sense of humour.

      Activity Bookings - 2011-11-29 15:15

      In this circumstance there is no such thing as bad publicity. The Nando's name might go all over the world with this. Great publicity.

  • J.D. - 2011-11-29 14:53

    He called it "a violation of business ethics" and said it was "in total disregard of African values", Anybody perhaps having a list of "african values as per Zanu PF" i will appreciate if you can post them on this site.

      Atholl - 2011-11-29 16:20

      The Advert is 100% (well 94.6%) BEEEeeZZZeee compliant - nothing wrong with freedom of speech and 100% BBBEEE BBOOBB ?

  • - 2011-11-29 14:58

    Look up Chipangano on Google. Even the oppressed Zim press think they are a bunch of thugs. Nandos, excellent ad and all this does is make it go viral even more.

      Wilbert - 2011-11-29 21:57

      Chipangano thugs should be reminded what happened to Gaddafi's thugs!

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  • Neeus - 2011-11-29 15:08

    No Zimbabwean is going to boycott Nando's here...

  • braamc - 2011-11-29 15:10

    Go slaughter your chicken from your backyard rather

  • Lynn - 2011-11-29 15:11

    I love this ad. It is brilliant.

  • Harald - 2011-11-29 15:19

    mmm, makes me feel like getting Nando's tonight!!! they haven't 2c to rub together... all of them combined!! hahaha... idiots

      Wilbert - 2011-11-29 21:59

      Good idea Harald!

  • zmazibuko - 2011-11-29 15:21

    Thus freedom of speech, who is mugabe anywhere, he is just a murderer twisted old man, without any human fibre left !! boycott or not time for mugabe is up my friend.

  • Michael - 2011-11-29 15:23

    "It is an offense under Zimbabwe law to insult Mugabe or undermine the authority of his office." Sounds like a dictatorship to me, i think Nandos got it spot on. Again an advetising campaign wher money was well spent.

      Hans - 2011-11-29 15:57

      He thinks he is God.He is an insult.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2011-11-29 15:23

    @Chimp-angano and Mug-abe: May the flees of a 1000 camels (libyan of course) infest your respective crotches and that you fingers turn into fish-hooks, hope you all have a merry xmas with nothing to eats!

  • Brendon - 2011-11-29 15:24

    The Innscor group "strongly feels the advertisement is insensitive and in poor taste", he said. I disagree Nando's always tastes great.

  • Shirley - 2011-11-29 15:25

    I love most of Nandos ads! They push the envelope. I find it laughable that there are still people in Zim who support the spawn of satan after what he has done to a once succesful country. Sounds like the Zim branch of ancyl.

      Hans - 2011-11-29 15:58

      What is South African ads doing there? Why don't they make their own ads?

  • Gavin - 2011-11-29 15:26

    Aw diddums, did they hurt your feelings robber mugarbage ???

  • Alfred - 2011-11-29 15:30

    My advice to Chipangano would be that while they're on the right track I'm not sure boycotting Nando's will really have enough impact. Rather Try boycotting breathing for more immediate and positive results.

  • Gerhard Nel - 2011-11-29 15:30

    Fine Boycott them, this weekend I'll eat Nando's everyday to support them.

  • Jocelia - 2011-11-29 15:41

    Whaaa!! Lekker lag ek nou!!

  • RaveWolf - 2011-11-29 15:41

    Hmmm.... "It is an offense under Zimbabwe law to insult Mugabe or undermine the authority of his office." Yes!, "Zimbabwe law", NOT Rhodesian, South African, or any other country's Law. Sorry for you but Bob only dominates (390,757 km2) of the Planet, not (510,072,000 km2) Now the problem would be???

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  • Msholozi - 2011-11-29 15:44

    this advert is crime on great african who brought freedom for the people they must close nandos

      Alfred - 2011-11-29 15:51

      Yep, the "freedom" to pick flies off poo for lunch and the "freedom" to beat, intimidate and murder anyone who disagrees with you. If his people are so "free" why are they all running over the border into SA? The only "crime" here is that syphilitic lunatic, Robber Mugarbage, stealing our perfectly good oxygen.

      Lodewyk - 2011-11-29 15:55

      Geez you're a freaking moron! Unless freedom has a different meaning to you than to me..

      Shirley - 2011-11-29 15:55

      The only freedom he gave them is the freedom to die of hunger,illness,police beatings,his wifes tirades and free of income! If yiu think he is such a hero,go show support-move there!!!! Oh and why are so many "free" zimbabweans running over our border illegally and will live on the street rather than be there???????????

      Shannon - 2011-11-29 16:01

      Oh my word, you poor, deluded fool Msholozi. - 2011-11-29 16:54

      Oh come on guys! Msholozi is winding you guys up

      Steve - 2011-11-29 17:50

      Yes, I agree.... and chicken licken.... and Kentucky.... in fact all chicken vendors ! It has been scientifically proven that eating vast amount of chicken shrinks the brain..... :( ... very sad Explains a lot though

      Tokkie - 2011-11-29 18:15

      What do you have between your ears Definitaly no GREY MATTER i.e NO BRAIN

      Daaivark - 2011-11-29 20:41

      Ignore this idiot. He's actually a white afrikaner trying to be clever.

  • steve.dupreez - 2011-11-29 15:46

    People in Zim can afford nando's?? Really?? Well go figure, and here I am thinking that they are all poor and starving. Must be the colonialists spreading rumours again, tsktsktsk :)

  • Larry - 2011-11-29 15:46

    This is a bigger joke than the Nando's ad. How about the "Chicken Licken" ad, that shows Africans with 60's Afro hairstyles being boycotted as well? Oh and of course KFC, with the Imperialist American Colonel? Better still ZANU, Boycott the Chicken. Oh! I shouldn't print Boycott, as it has "Boy" in it.

      Shirley - 2011-11-29 15:56

      Good point!

  • Nkutist - 2011-11-29 15:48

    What a killer advert.... Awesome nandos!! The truth hurts...

  • taurais - 2011-11-29 15:48

    I call for a boycott if Nando's withdraws the ad based on these stupid complaints!! uum Nando's, based on all this free publicity maybe you should make another one just for bob

  • Jenny - 2011-11-29 15:48

    Funny how Bob is always going on about how other countries should not interfere in Zimbabwe. What a dark dreary country Zimbabe has become - shame!

  • Andres - 2011-11-29 16:03

    Sense of humour failure? You wouldn't boycott them if it didn't strike a nerve. Well, thanks to you, Nandos has received extra press, meaning more chicken sales... Oops!

  • bushpioneer - 2011-11-29 16:23

    This is probably the best advert I have seen in a long time. I actually cried. Must be hard for the few Mugabe loyalists in Zim to see it. Just shows the denial they are going through if they don't see their "president" as an idiotic dictator. Shame. Maybe they should have some Nandos extra hot and burn away whatever is blinding their eyes.

  • nicn44 - 2011-11-29 16:48

    See the worry in Nando's eyes? collectively these clowns probably cant afford a Nando's

  • errolsnr.oake - 2011-11-29 17:53

    I love it! I laugh so much, Hey guys they must make an add of JM, LoL.

  • munyaradzi.ncube - 2011-11-29 18:05

    Even if they boycot it, they already can not afford it from the meagre peanuts they are given to demonstrate and perpetrate acts of violence. The rest of us will continue eating at Nandos as if nothing ever happened. Kuti zvityise....

  • David - 2011-11-29 21:18

    Imagine a boycott of chicken,next thing we know the watermelon farmers will be in deep trouble.

  • Wilbert - 2011-11-29 21:52

    The are angry because they know the tyrant's days are indeed numbered!

  • Charnelle - 2011-11-30 20:55

    Thumbs up to Nandos! Brilliant!

  • RaveWolf - 2011-12-21 16:02

    Now why doesn't he complain when most of the planet gather together every year on the 31 Oct and cut his face out of all the Pumpkins???

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