Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Blast hits Zimbabwe presidential rally, President Mnangagwa unhurt

Blast hits Zimbabwe presidential rally, President Mnangagwa unhurt

Pictures emerged on social media of Mnangagwa standing next to a hospital bed where one of his vice presidents' wife, Mary Chiwenga, is receiving treatment.

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is telling a rally outside the capital that the blast that went off in a VIP tent seconds after President Emmerson Mnangagwa stepped into it will not stop the historic July 30 election. It added that several people were said to have been injured but that the extent of the injuries had not yet been established.

Presidential spokesman George Charamba said the president was unhurt at Bulawayo (White City Stadium) and issued a statement that said: "There have been multiple attempts on the President's life over the past five years".

At least eight people were injured, the state-run Herald newspaper reported.

MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa yesterday spoke out against the bomb attack at a rally addressed by President Emmerson Mnangwa which left nine people, including government officials injured.

Zimbabwe police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said "comprehensive investigations are in progress" into the blast.

In the past, the President has himself openly joked about the attempts, including during his campaigning.

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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second-largest city, is traditionally an opposition stronghold.

"In news just received Vice President Kembo Mohadi, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri the Zanu- PF chairperson and political commissar Engelbert Rugeje were injured in the explosion", Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) said.

One of Zimbabwe's vice presidents is calling Saturday's explosion at a presidential campaign rally "terrorism" and says any candidate who feels "afraid and scared" will receive security.

"These are my mortal enemies and the attempts have been so many", he told the state broadcaster on Saturday night.

It was not clear who was responsible for the explosion, which Mnangagwa called a cowardly act, or how the security around the president was breached.

The elections are the first in Zimbabwe since Mr Mugabe was ousted after 37 years in power.

The ministry expressed the UAE's solidarity with Zimbabwe against all forms of violence.

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