President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday took Chegutu food lovers by surprise when he unexpectedly joined the queue in a fast food outlet, bought his lunch and even tipped a cashier.

He appears to have discarded extravagances of his mentor, former president, Robert Mugabe.

On weekend Mnangagwa brought Chegutu to a standstill after he commandeered his full motorcade to Chicken Inn in the city centre.

Hundreds jostled to capture the rare moment on their smartphones and they recorded the scene free of any interference from bodyguards.

He then ordered a two-piecer and a Minute Maid, paid $3,75 with US$20 and then asked the cashier to keep the change.

Mnangagwa has also been seen mingling and sharing stories with students(see pictures).

Picture of President Mnangagwa buying food at Chicken Inn