Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa uninjured in 'assassination attempt' explosion

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 24, 2018

There was an explosion at a Zanu PF rally at the White City Stadium in Bulawayo today where President Mnangagwa was giving an address.

President Lungu said Bulawayo has been an area of interest in Zimbabwean politics, but hearing of such attacks on their Head of State made sad reading. The two senior Government officials are admitted at a local hospital ( name withheld.) The Sunday Mail also has it on good authority that several security personnel attached to VIPs are also injured.

The president's spokesman, George Charamba, released a statement saying Mnangagwa was unhurt and an investigation was underway. He was unscathed and later pointed out he'd had numerous attempts on his life in the past.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa calls on the country for unity despite political differences after "this senseless act of violence".

Mnangagwa was speaking an election rally ahead of that country's tightly contested national elections next month.

Scenes of chaos and medics fighting to save those wounded by the blast at the White City stadium in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, condemned the attack.

The US Embassy said "political violence in any form is unacceptable" and contrary to the progress needed to move Zimbabwe forward to 'take its place on the global stage'.

"The president was evacuated successfully".

Mnangagwa came to power last November, ousting his former mentor Robert Mugabe.

He was later seen in pictures circulating on social media visiting Chiwenga's wife in hospital.

He has invited election observers from the United States, the European Union and elsewhere for the first time in 16 years.

The poll on 30 July pits the ruling Zanu-PF against the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the longstanding opposition.

State television ZBC said 42 people were injured in the explosion, six of them seriously.

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