Comedian takes aim at Zim politics

HARARE - Stand-up comedian David Kibuuka on Thursday presented a politically-charged satire on Zimbabwe during a one man show at 7 Arts Theatre in Harare.

The South Africa-based Kibuuka, who was part of the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa), mocked Zimbabwe’s censorship environment which makes politics a taboo topic.

Kibuuka told the crowd that he had been told to stay away from anything to do with politics “especially a particular person” he could not divulge.

The popular comedian jestingly said he had to be careful during his one-man show because State spies could pounce on him if he went off rails.

“But I can praise,” he said, before going on to say that Zimbabwe has an intelligent president unlike the South African president who is “dull”.

During his one-man show the prominent comedian then asked the Zimbabweans why it seemed like the country had been sold to the Chinese.

“I mean did you guys sell your country to the Chinese… okay are you loaning it to the Chinese,” adding that it was now important to learn mandarin (Chinese language).

Zimbabwe’s charismatic church leaders were not spared by Kibuuuka’s sharp tongue.

“I see you have big prophets here who also make big profits,” he said.

The Ugandan also made jokes about Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC)’s poor signal which he compared to that of an over-recorded Video Home System (VHS) cassette.

Kibuuka also joked on how the Oscar Pistorius murder case had given black South Africans something to stereotype white folks with.

He kept the audience in stiches as he chronicled his move from Uganda to South Africa.

Kibuuka, a foreign correspondent on Late Nite News (LNN) with Loyiso Gola on e.tv, tackles political problems across the world in a satirical manner.

Apart from LNN he also stars in  television shows like  Pure Monate Show, FONT, Laugh Out Loud, The Coconuts, Last Say on Sunday, Going Nowhere Slowly, Jozi – Moving the City) and the big screen Bunny Chow.

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