President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Friday night auctioned his trademark scarf for US$25 000 while his necktie went for US$10 000.
This was at the ED-UNZA (University of Zambia) Scholarship Fundraising dinner he presided over and was graced by some top business leaders at State House in Harare.
His scarf bid for US$25 000 while his necktie fetched US$10 000.
Mnangagwa poses for a picture with Alex Mashamanda (right) of Mashwede Holdings and son Tatenda after bidding for his scarf. (picture taken from The Herald)
More than US$700 000 and at least US$16 million was raised through bids and pledges from individuals and representatives of the business community at the event.
Mnangagwa had made his scarf – designed along the country’s flag colours – a signature look since he took over as the country’s number one at around the same time this year four years ago.
A symbol of distinctness, as he once explained, Mnangagwa has been ridiculed by opponents for wearing the scarf even during sweltering heat.
“This is the flag of my country and we are proud to carry it,” Mnangagwa said while speaking at the official opening of the 5th Global Business Forum on Africa in Dubai November 2019.
“There is no other meaning except that we want to be distinct and say we are Zimbabweans, we are proud to be Zimbabweans and in spite of what is happening to my country, we still remain proud.”