Harare – President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s new edition to his wardrobe, the long colourful scarf, is not only a fashion accessory but a symbol of dignity and pride in being Zimbabwean.
The ED’s scarf has become the President’s trademark lately and he even wore it at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
The colours of the scarf ‑ black, green, white, gold and red, displayed as horizontal stripes ‑ are all official colours of the Zimbabwe flag.
He has also worn the scarf during his recent regional courtesy calls on heads of state where he has been engaging them on the country’s new political dispensation.
Political analyst, Dr Davison Gomo, said the scarf is part of the President’s objective to rebrand the country to prospective investors.
“If you look at football clubs they have specific colours for public identification. Similar to the scarf, it has our flag’s colours and a lot is attached to those colours. It explains who we are and what we are about as Zimbabweans. In a very short space of time, President Mnangagwa has managed to make the Zimbabwean image international by taking the scarf to the most important meeting in the world, the World Economic Forum,” he said.
Dr Gomo said the scarf is also a symbol of unity.
“The scarf doesn’t represent a political party, it is a national scarf worn by a President to demonstrate that he is for all Zimbabweans and their well- being. The President is also trying to re-define and re-position Zimbabwe among other countries. He has done well because you see that most people even those that are not Zimbabweans but are keen to see the country’s economic turnaround are also wearing the scarf,” he said.
ED’s scarf has also been described as an expression of Zimbabwe’s identity and culture.
Zimbabweans have taken to various social media platforms to share their views on the scarf.
“Just seen Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa being interviewed on CNN business by Richard Quest. He articulated the case for doing business in Zim very well. I liked the scarf he was wearing depicting colours of the Zim flag. Maybe this is the beginning of a new dawn. Hopefully!!,” said @SiphoPhani on Twitter.
ED’s scarf has drawn attention just like any rightfully placed piece of clothing.
Fashion police say despite it being worn even on hot days, the bright colours and the message it portrays outweighs any form of criticism.