Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 11/30/2011

Mugabe’s youth militia not amused by Nando’s dead dictators ad

Update, Friday, 12:03 p.m.: Nando’s has decided to axe the ad, according to the BBC.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s youth militia has seen restaurant chain Nando’s new “last dictator standing” ad, and they are not amused.

“Gaddafi” sprays “Mugabe” in a water-gun fight in the commercial. (YouTube)
The commercial for six-piece chicken depicts Mugabe reminiscing about his times with departed dictators to the song “Those Were the Days,” including a water-gun with Moammar Gaddafi, and then coming awake from his dream at a dinner table, alone at Christmas.

The Zimbabwe youth group, Chipangano, has demanded an apology from Nando’s, threatened to boycott the South Africa-based chain and demanded the ad be withdrawn or the restaurant face retribution.

Under Zimbabwe law, it is an offense to insult Mugabe or undermine the authority of his office. The head of Nando’s Zimbabwe franchise told the Associated Press it was not informed of the commercial. Watch the ad below:

The Associated Press notes of the dictator friendships portrayed in the video that Mugabe once maintained “close ties” with Gaddafi, that Chairman Mao’s China helped train Mugabe's guerrillas and that in 1986 Mugabe played host to Saddam Hussein at a world summit of the Non-Aligned Movement.

The ad also includes deceased Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and South African prime minister P.W. Botha.

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