Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa Safe After Blast: Presidential Spokesman

Leroy Wright
June 24, 2018

Mr Mnangagwa later visited those who were injured in the blast at the local hospital.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane and Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta have spoken on the explosion that took place during President Emmerson Mnangagwa's rally.

Presidential spokesman Mr George Charamba said: "President Mnangagwa has not been injured and is at Bulawayo State House".

The president, who survived what is thought to have been an assassination attempt on his life has urged the country to "remain calm and address our differences peacefully".

The country's vice president Constantino Chiwenga and his wife sustained minor injuries from the blast, a source close to the president said.

State broadcaster ZBC also reported that Zanu PF national chairman Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, political commissar Engelbert Rugeje and some ZBC crew members were also injured.

While Bulawayo has always been a bastion of opposition to the ZANU-PF and it was Mnangagwa's first rally in the city, commentators suggest the attack could have been instigated by internal ructions within the ruling party. Violence must have no place in our politics.

Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said she was still verifying the number of injured people.

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Zimbabwe's election campaign season took a worrying turn when a crude bombing at a speech delivered by President Emmerson Mnangagwa appeared to be an attempt on his life.

The chaos comes as the country's elections are just over a month away.

"We are still to get information on what exactly happened as we understand that some people could have been injured as this happened in the VIP tent".

The vote is the first since Robert Mugabe was ousted and Mr Mnangagwa has vowed they will be peaceful.

Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa also condemned the attack, saying any political violence was "totally unacceptable".

He has pledged to hold free and fair elections as he seeks to mend worldwide relations.

Mnangagwa came into power last November after divisions in the ZANU-PF party caused massive upheaval.

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