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Written and directed by Cont Mhlanga, founder and head of Amakhosi and produced by Daves Guzha of Rooftop Promotions, the play stirred controversy when it premiered at Theatre-In-The-Park in Harare recently attracting good crowds and provoking serious debate on its plot. The State media, which reflects Government thinking, did not waste time dismissing the play as the work of enemies of the State who wanted President Mugabe out. But the general theatre buffs held the production in the highest esteem as a play for people who are inspired by moral virtue. The Good President defines humanity towards the institution of leadership in the broader socio-political context. Mhlanga then uses recent events of the barbaric beatings of political leaders, opposed to President Mugabe's rule, to guide his plot. It is a play for everyone but deliberately targeted at the political leadership as the brick and mortar that binds society together. In typical satire the play employs humour, ridicule, irony and exaggeration to criticize the bad sides of society in Dramatic style. The writer's assertion is that there is no vicious way of killing humanity than failing to respect and defend the institution of leadership. It is not African culture to beat a leader elected or otherwise and then go on to display the images for the young ones to see. Mhlanga says the beatings give the impression that society could survive without leadership which is a misnomer because lack of leadership results in chaos. The cast in the two-hander are Thembi Ngwabi and Mandhla Moyo, both celebrated products of Amakhosi. The State media mobilized and in unprecedented attack on a piece of art shredded the play scene by scene describing every bit of the production as the work of political activists masquerading as artists. At least two major State dailies and a weekly said the play was not of any national value, was "sick" and sought to stir emotions and hate with the ulterior motive to see President Mugabe out. One of the papers accused sections of the diplomatic community of supporting the production to embarrass the ruling elite and portray the police as a bunch of thugs. Guzha has since put it on record that the play was supported entirely by his production house. Mhlanga said the play was not commissioned work either but his own creation inspired by Zimbabwe's political landscape.
Theatre-In-The-PArk, Harare, Zimbabwe 2007
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