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Chip packets to feature Mugabe’s face

A Dutch artist has developed a range of potato crisps called Dictator Chips.

A brand of chips designed by Dutch artist Virginie Moerenhout includes Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe among its range of flavours. Picture: Facebook

HARARE - A Dutch artist has put Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's face along with those of several other controversial world leaders on bags of potato crisps called Dictator Chips.

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and Russia's Vladimir Putin also feature on the chip packets in what's supposed to be an attempt to raise questions about Western nations doing business with dictatorial regimes.

Each bag of crisps has a taste, with Mugabe's head appearing on a red packet marked 'Zimbabwe flavour'.

There are also flavours from North Korea, Belarus, Uzbekistan and even Libya, with a picture of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi, once an ally of Mugabe.

Dictator Chips designer Virginie Moerenhout wants the West to ask questions about why it continues to do business with regimes it is very critical of.

This isn't a project likely to endear the artist to Mugabe, who's just been re-elected for a seventh term in office.

Zanu-PF maintains the 89-year-old veteran leader is in touch with the majority of people, especially in the rural areas, which is why he keeps winning elections.

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