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No need to pause for laughs on this one. Nelson Chamisaâ€™s pretty lousy joke has got him in more trouble than it was worth this week.
According to News24, he made a wisecrack about Emmerson Mnangagwa winning a fair and free election that hasnâ€™t really gone down that well.
Mnangagwa became the Zimbabwean president last November, following a peaceful transition which ousted Robert Mugabe from his 37-year reign of the country.
However, Bob may have been forced out of office, but his party â€“ Zanu PF â€“ very much remain in charge. This year will see the first elections in the post-Mugabe era, with the eyes of the world watching over a burgeoning democracy.
As reported by NewZimbabwe.com, Chamisa poked fun at the prospect of a â€śfree electionâ€ť when Zanu PF are in charge. Whilst taking a potshot at his opposite number, he managed to raise a few eyebrows:
â€śIf Mnangagwa wins 5% in a free election, I will give him my sister. I have a sister who just turned 18 and looking for a husband. I am betting on this because I know it wonâ€™t happen.â€ť
Oh boy. Iâ€™m sure his younger sister was thrilled to hear that. Whatever his intentions, Chamisa somewhat missed the mark. It didnâ€™t take long before he was being dragged on Twitter, either:
Jokes centred on women abuse are not funny. There is nothing funny about forced marriages, arranged marriages or child marriages. Tell Chamisa to stick to his bullet train jokes & leave women alone pic.twitter.com/zC3JzGXxRg
â€” Charity Maodza (@CharityMaodza) May 8, 2018
Chamisaâ€™s sexist joke isnâ€™t funny at all. He should know better. I found it offensive and should apologise.
â€” Munya Dimairo (@mdimairo) May 6, 2018
Chamisa apologised for his ill-judged gaffe on Thursday. He dismissed the terms he used as â€śpolitical banterâ€ť and called the public reaction a â€śsideshowâ€ť.
â€śIf anyone felt hurt about the joke I am sorry. It was just a political banter that I used to illustrate that even if I promised to give him (Mnangagwa) my most prized position, he would still not be able to defeat us in a free and fair election.â€ť
â€śThe joke should have been a non-issue, because most Zimbabweans are worried about issues of survival. This is just a sideshow that is being used by irrelevant people to score cheap political points at my expense.â€ť
The Zimbabwean elections are poised to take place in August 2018. International electoral committees and UN delegates will be keeping a watchful eye on how it all unfolds, to ensure that the country can stage an open and democratic vote.