Events leading to the inauguration of Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa as President of Zimbabwe and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces have inspired local fashion designer James Pande – to come up with a clothing line that pays tribute to the heroism and patriotism shown by Zimbabweans during the peaceful transition of power.
The clothing line simply called “Magamba #Hatirare” was launched a day before the inauguration of President Mnangagwa at the National Sports Stadium.
“As team #Hatirare we want to pay tribute to the Zimbabwe Defence Forces led by General Constantino Chiwenga and the masses led by Cde Mnangagwa, hence animated picture of the army general and the President. The clothing line recognises the army and citizens for the peaceful transition of power by coming up with Magamba #Hatirare label bearing animated images of the Cdes led by President Mnangagwa and General Chiwenga,” Pande said.
Scores of people scrambled to grab the branded T-shirts and caps at the launch ceremony held at Meikles Hotel. The clothing line comes in army green T-shirts, camouflage caps, berets, Castro shirts and soon there will be launching the popular designer overalls.
Pande said the label had nothing to do with politics but was a symbolic gesture to the patriotic army, war veterans and Zimbabweans for protecting the constitution and the gains of the liberation struggle.
“The President represents the masses and Gen Chiwenga represents all the brave soldiers who defended and safeguarded our beautiful Zimbabwe. Magamba means heroes and I believe every Zimbabwean is a hero wherever they are,” Pande said.
Pande added that the clothing line also gives a sense of pride to the youths of Zimbabwe who prefer to wear locally produced garments. He said all the T-shirts, caps and berets were made of authentic material and army fatigues available in countries like South Africa and Botswana that allow camouflage.