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Zimbabweans Can't Stop Giggling About a ‘Hideous’ Statue of Longtime President Mugabe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, First Lady Grace Mugabe and sculptor Dominic standing next to the statue. The image has been shared widely on Twitter. This one was shared by ‏@Quables.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, First Lady Grace Mugabe and sculptor Dominic Benhura standing next to the statue. The image has been shared widely on Twitter. This one was shared by ‏@Quables.

Zimbabweans online are mocking a new statue of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe designed by a popular Zimbabwean sculptor Dominic Benhura.

The 92-year-old president has been facing street protests and sustained anti-government campaigns on social media by citizens frustrated by corruption, unemployment and cash crisis. The mocking of the statue is seen as an extension of internet-based opposition to his continued stay in power — he has served as president for 30 years now.

Lance Guma envisioned the future of the statue when Mugabe falls:

Twitter user Asura suggested that a dictator needs to have a better statue:

The next statue will probably be designed by a non-Zimbabwean, @ali_naka suggested:

Mugabe is known for traveling to Asian countries for medical treatment.

Another user compared the statue to one of the characters from American animated sitcom The Simpsons:

African jokingly said the statue is “sculptor terrorism”:

@chimurengamusic quipped:

Mduduzi thought it was a miracle that the statue was approved:

The sculptor, Dominic, did not survive the mocking:

Chikurubi is a maximum security prison in Harare.

Grace Mugabe, the first lady, was not spared either:

Apparently, the first lady dressed for misdirection:

And what about a ring for each finger?

In this photo, the first lady appears to be wearing a ring in all her 10 fingers.

Kgopolo Phil Mphela, however, came to the defence of sculptor Dominic Benhura:

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