PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly been gifted with a 24 karat Gold iPhone limited edition, with his image engraved on the back of the smartphone together with the words “2023 5 million votes ED Pfee!” and with crocodile embossed leather.
The bespoke gadget costs a minimum of £5,000, equivalent to US$7,000.
A video image (see below) showing the pricey gadget, one of the very few in the world, has begun trending on social networks with many blasting the country’s elits for complaining about sanctions while apparently living large.
The President’s Limited iPhone Editions comes with customized designs and gracefully plated with a thick layer of 24K Gold or Silver Stainless Steel.
The design is engraved on the beautiful metal back and it has been personalized by adding the President’s signature campaign tune for the upcoming 2023 elections. Watch the clip below:
According to UK tabloid The Sun, the 24 carat gold iPhones produced by iDesign Gold are a hot favourite for football stars.
The likes of Lionel Messi, Steven Gerrard, Kylian Mbappe, Kevin De Bruyne, Neymar and Conor McGregor are just some of the famous faces spending up to £5,000 on the luxury handset, The Sun revealed.
Celebrities including Katie Price, actor Armie Hammer and watchmaker to the stars Richard Mille are also on board with the iPhone Limited Edition latest craze.
Argentine superstars Lionel Messi and Brazilian Neymar bought the iPhone XS Max 24K Gold, and referred to it as an “impressive design and amazing product.”
“This one-of-a-kind product is only available in 99 pieces, worldwide. All phones are factory unlocked and functions with all carriers worldwide,” a blogger and iPhone dealer based in Harare noted in an interview.
The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max range comr fully customised and electroplated in 5 microns of pure luxurious 24k Gold, Rose Gold or Platinum with optional Limited Edition with Crocodile embossed leather and newly added iPhone 12 mini range.
There are two options available for customers – either buy a custom iPhone or custom case. Customised cases cost anything from £200-£500, and are available in a variety of colours including black and gold, gold, platinum, and rose gold.
Politician and critic Jealousy Mawarire said the luxurious iPhone was a sign of naivety by the political leadership at a time war veterans were in prison for protesting better allowances.
“While war veterans are detained for demanding an increase to their meagre living allowances, the Mnangagwas are ordering, 24 carat gold plaited Iphones. Such profligacy in a sea of poverty is unacceptable.”
Former Cabinet Minister Jonathan Moyo has compared President Mnangagwa’s taste for luxury amidst national economic collapse to the late Congolese dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.
“The vanity iPhone!” said Jonathan Moyo. “It’s Mobutu Sese Seko style. How can such a person bother about sanctions or defend the land reform as a democratic nationalist gain of the heroic liberation struggle. It just does not compute. Zimbabwe deserves better!”
Mobutu Sese Seko, who came to power in Congo in a coup in 1965, often wore a leopard hat and carried a cane in his right hand. He was ousted from power in 1997 by the rebellion of former President Laurent-Désiré Kabila and then died in Morocco in 1999.
In response to the criticism, Government appeared to suggest that the iPhone did not belong to the President. Government spokesperson Nick Mangwana suggested there was nothing wrong with people who adored the 79-year-old President to buy themselves gifts and branding them with The President’s name.
“I don’t see how the President or his family should be criticized if someone who adores him buys a phone and customizes it in his name,” Mangwana wrote on Twitter. “So if I buy a pair of cufflinks and get them inscribed E.D. and then fasten my own shirt with them, you would blame H.E or his family?”