Mnangagwa commandeer his full motorcade to Chicken Inn

Mnangagwa commandeer his full motorcade to Chicken Inn
Published: 18 June 2018 (375 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

Man loses 'Toyota Raum' to robbers

by Simbarashe Sithole | 21 September 2018 | 45 Views

International media stampede to interview Mnangagwa

by Staff Reporter | 21 September 2018 | 53 Views

Brutalising vendors must stop

by Jacob Mafume, MDC National Spokesperson | 21 September 2018 | 44 Views

I doubt if Dabengwa really endorsed Mnangagwa - Mthwakazi activist

by Stephen Jakes | 21 September 2018 | 126 Views

President Mnangagwa debuts at UNGA

by Bevan Musoko | 21 September 2018 | 126 Views

BREAKING: Harare - Johannesburg Intercape bus in accident, 10 people dead

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 264 Views

Stop unnecessary traveling to cholera affected areas - MIHR

by Stephen Jakes | 21 September 2018 | 96 Views

We need Mthwakazi restoration soon

by Stephen Jakes | 21 September 2018 | 89 Views

Rural development agenda should be on the priority list

by Stephen Jakes | 21 September 2018 | 87 Views

IMF offers to help Zimbabwe clear arrears

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 198 Views

Mugabe's party rejoins Mnangagwa's Zanu-PF

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 206 Views

Streak seeks ZC liquidation

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 114 Views

'Chamisa must not waste time fighting Mnangagwa'

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 198 Views

Chipanga appeal thrown out

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 147 Views

New minister cracks the whip

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 140 Views

Deal decisively with Parly delinquents

by Zvamaida Murwira | 21 September 2018 | 107 Views

Mthuli Ncube faces tough choices

by Lovemore Chikova | 21 September 2018 | 128 Views

Currency reform answer to Zimbabwe's economic woes

by Bongani Ngwenya | 21 September 2018 | 107 Views

Dabengwa ditches Chamisa, endorses Mnangagwa?

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 123 Views

Sibusiso Moyo alive & well

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 118 Views

'Mugabe University not a priority'

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 100 Views

Chamisa battles open rebellion

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 125 Views

Prophet up for pregnant woman rape

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 93 Views

Bulawayo pins hopes on devolution

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 72 Views

Nust shut down

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 120 Views

Zimbabweans want US or Zim dollar only, not SA Rand

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 118 Views

Chamisa's MDC Alliance starts merging into single party

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 74 Views

Vic Falls man hangs self after bar brawl

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 63 Views

Cholera hits Beitbridge

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 62 Views

Cop up for assault

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 47 Views

Gumbura hires Madhuku to challenge delayed trial

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 59 Views

Devolution will develop provinces with natural resources

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 42 Views

Family evicted, dumped in the bush

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 45 Views

Soul Brothers coming to Bulawayo

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 78 Views

Zimbabwean scientist wins Cambridge scholarship

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 45 Views

MDC Alliance activist jailed over arson threats

by Staff reporter | 21 September 2018 | 37 Views