President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s tie was auctioned off for $15 000 at the Chief Executive Officer Africa Round Table in Victoria Falls yesterday and the money will be donated to the health sector.
By Nokuthaba Dlamini
Tafadzwa Musarara from Grain Millers Association was the highest bidder and the money will be donated to charity and Victoria Falls public hospitals.
The tie was auctioned off by advertising and media personality Gary Thompson who gave Mnangagwa a United States tie, saying it symbolised the strengthening of relations between the two countries.
“This is the moment of inspiration, Zimbabweans are so inspired, but we are afraid of taking a step. I also was afraid, but I felt maybe I can look a bit foolish and take these ties off that give us title and presence and we’ve got to open our hands to the broken situations and if we do that we can let go of our fears and create the bridges,” Thompson said.
“I thought we would raise $10 000, but it was an immediate combustion and I am even more amazed that the President put on an American tie and that will bring good relations with the West and that is amazing.
“It also symbolises that we are not just open for business, but our own people have opened up their lives to go to America to seek opportunities but right now we need to formalise that, rebuild relationship not just to say we are sovereign.”
The CEO Africa Round Table started in Victoria Falls on Wednesday and brings together chief executive officers from both private and public companies in order to come up with solutions to turn around the country’s economic fortunes.