INFORMATION Ministry secretary Nick Mangwana has warned people coming to State House to meet President Emmerson Mnangagwa to be respectful and sharply dressed.
His counsel follows a recent photo that shows Zanu PF Mashonaland West youth leader and newly-elected Affirmative Action Group (AAG) president Mike Chimombe with Mnangagwa.
In the undated photo, although recent, the political activist and businessman, is seen wearing designer-torn black jeans and a casual shirt.
“Look guys, there is a certain kind of dressing which you just can’t do when you are going to meet the Head of State and President of your country. That’s just disrespectful to both the man and the office. If you can’t go kwatezvara wakadaro then don’t for the President,” Mangwana warned on Twitter.
Dude he is just a President not God munhu anipfeka zvaanoda 😂😂
— CHATUNGA (@bellagushaz) May 9, 2021
Mangwana said Chimombe went on to upload the picture on his personal Instagram account.
Mnangagwa has been kind with people seeking to pause for photos with him.
Last year, senior Zanu PF officials accused some people of using the photo opportunities for name-dropping purposes and soliciting alcohol in bars, and using the images to bully police and other public officials.
Commenting on the photo, exiled former Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi blamed Mnangagwa’s aides for allowing the man to pass through protocol without questioning his dressing.
“Problem is those that screen and allow such guests through and those who take the photos, ndonhubu! President depends on everyone doing their work but if they set him up for scorn with such company then they are not fit for purpose!”
Late former President Robert Mugabe’s son Chatunga said there was nothing for Mangwana to be angry about as the president is not God.
“Dude he is just a President, not God munhu anopfeka zvaanoda,” he wrote back.