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Mnangagwa’s neck tie auctions for $15,000

Beverly Ochieng

BBC Monitoring

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa greets supporters of his ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) party at a rally in Harare, Zimbabwe March 7, 2018
Emmerson Mnangagwa's tie (not pictured) was sold off for charity

A neck tie belonging to Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s has been snapped after for $15,000 (£10,750) after it made a surprise appearance at an auction in Victoria Falls.

Mr Mnangagwa was speaking as the guest of honour at the Chief Executive Officers Africa Roundtable in the resort town when the director of ceremonies apparently spotted an opportunity.

He asked the politician to remove his tie, which was then promptly bought by Tafadzva Musarara, chairman of the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe.

Luckily for the smartly-dressed Mr Mnangagwa, he did not have to go without a tie for long.

He was quickly handed two more, one of which was branded with the US flag, said to symbolise Mr Mnangagwa's mantra, "Zimbabwe is open for business".

The state-owned Chronicle newspaper said on its website the money would be donated to the local hospital.

President Mnangagwa came into power following a military takeover that ousted long-serving leader Robert Mugabe.

He has been particularly keen on restoring investor confidence in Zimbabwe after decades of economic isolation and mismanagement.

However, it has not impressed the leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change – Tsvangirai (MDC-T) Nelson Chamisa, who had been visiting Harare Hospital.

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Russia did not take 'US offer' of Ethiopia meeting

Shingai Nyoka

BBC Africa, Harare

Sergei Lavrov and Zimbabwe's Emmerson Mnangagwa
Sergei Lavrov is in Zimbabwe meeting with its new leader, Emmerson Mnangagwa (pictured)

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says he will not be meeting the US Secretary of State in Ethiopia - despite an offer by Rex Tillerson.

Speaking at a press briefing in Harare today, Mr Lavrov said Mr Tillerson had contacted him proposing a meeting in Addis Ababa where both officials will be today.

But neither party had agreed to meet.

He said he was revealing the details to clarify the discussions between himself and Mr Tillerson.

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