Mnangagwa commandeer his full motorcade to Chicken Inn

Mnangagwa commandeer his full motorcade to Chicken Inn
Published: 18 June 2018 (404 Views)
President Mnangagwa yesterday took Chegutu food lovers by surprise when he unexpectedly joined the queue in a fast-food outlet, bought his lunch and even tipped a cashier.

Mnangagwa is now famous for his accessibility. For instance, he has done away with the habit of hiring a marquee for official engagements, opting instead for modest tents just to shed VVIPS. He also uses his escort vehicles to accommodate photojournalists and walks about to greet the crowd during rallies.

Yesterday afternoon he brought Chegutu to a standstill after he commandeered his full motorcade to Chicken Inn in the city centre. Hundreds jostled to capture the rare moment on their smartphones and they recorded the scene free of any interference from Presidential security details.

President Mnangagwa, who is widely tipped to win the July 30 elections by a wide margin, has left many convinced that Zimbabwe is now witnessing a different political game to that of former president Mr Mugabe, who maintained a buffer zone between himself and the people. Isabel Mtongerwa, the Chicken Inn cashier who served the President could not believe that she met him face-to-face.

"I could not believe that I was serving the President," she said. "It has never happened in my life and somehow he proved to be worthy of my vote.

"He ordered a two-piecer and a minute maid, paid $3,75 with US$20 and told me to keep the change. He is very welcoming and makes you feel comfortable in his presence."

Management at Chegutu Chicken Inn could not believe a rare visit by the number one citizen. The food outlet's manager Mr Peter Mutate said as an organisation, they felt honoured to serve the President.

"We can describe him as an amazing man, very friendly and free to interact with," he said.

"In other words, he is a people's person. Some of our staff members felt free to greet him. At the end of the visit, many people were left convinced that indeed the country is now witnessing a different political game."

One food lover at Chicken Inn, Mr Lovejoy Ngondo, said: "We have seen for the first time that this is a real President who is human like us. He eats Chicken Inn like us. At least he lives the same way we do. We can trust him with our lives."

Many who spoke to The Herald said after walking side by side with the President on his way to and from the food outlet it was now clear that Zimbabwe was witnessing a new political dispensation where leaders are closer to the people.

- the herald

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Knox Mutizwa wins August Goal of the Month award

by kickoff | 05 November 2018 | 699 Views

BREAKING: Gandawa on the run

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1373 Views

Econet cannot distribute Kwese TV content to Zimbabwean viewers

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1040 Views

Shoot-out robbers arrested

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1077 Views

Mnangagwa ally warns economic saboteurs

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 1063 Views

Chamisa mobilises supporters for mass protests

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 870 Views

LISTEN: Acie Lumumba speaks on how he got paid

by Staff Reporter | 05 November 2018 | 712 Views

Dzamara speak on Zanu-PF fights

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 681 Views

Minister Raj Modi Modi donates salary

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 560 Views

'I am a Trillionaire' Magaya says

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 931 Views

Supermarkets to be blacklisted over cooking oil

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 590 Views

UK army to recruit from Commonwealth

by BBC | 05 November 2018 | 615 Views

Magaya opens up on arrest

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 611 Views

Kambarami is still 'Deputy Mayor'

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 489 Views

'Import ban must not go beyond December 21'

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 575 Views

Prophet Magaya puts fresh spin to arrest

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 571 Views

Chamisa's sign language interpreters get thumps up

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 550 Views

Mnangagwa to review Mthuli Ncube's 2% tax again

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 543 Views

Lumumba to be probed by ZAAC?

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 396 Views

Dzamara speak on ZANU PF fights

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 361 Views

Zimbabwe as a new gateway into Africa

by Minister of Finance Prof Mthuli Ncube | 05 November 2018 | 556 Views

Chiwenga's ex-wife looted millions

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 896 Views

We are our own worst enemies

by Mapozho Saruchera | 05 November 2018 | 605 Views

Mnangagwa to deal with unexplained wealth and bank deposits

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 583 Views

WATCH: Chiwenga talks about Prophet Walter Magaya's lipstick

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 561 Views

Lumumba Saga takes new twist....War vets bay for Mutsvangwa's blood

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 644 Views

Chamisa demands Presidency

by Mandla Ndlovu | 05 November 2018 | 534 Views

Zimbabwean teachers miss out on New Zealand opportunity

by Staff Writer | 05 November 2018 | 472 Views

Zimbabwe to introduce e-provisional driver's exams

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 507 Views

Zimbabwe to supply water to South Africa

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 509 Views

Mnangagwa claims that 'good times will soon roll'

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 492 Views

Zimbabwe as a new gateway into Africa

by Hon. Prof Mthuli Ncube | 05 November 2018 | 550 Views

Chiyangwa appoint Karikoga Kaseke

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 491 Views

ZCTU demo: Ruling today

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 441 Views

Missing cop found dead

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 564 Views

Tagwirei marries long-time girlfriend

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 866 Views

Zimbabwe relaxes maternity leave entitlement

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 524 Views

Zimbabwe to receive drugs, ambulances from India

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 444 Views