Zimbabwe blast rocks stadium in apparent assassination attempt on President

Pauline Gross
June 24, 2018

Emmerson Mnangagwa was not hurt in the explosion and was evacuated from the stadium, however, witnesses reported several other people were injured, including a vice president.

"Unconfirmed reports indicate that Vice President Kembo Mohadi suffered leg injuries in the bomb blast.

This is now a police issue, but the president is safe at Bulawayo State House", spokesperson George Charamba told Reuters news agency.

Chamisa says the president is equally to blame for the Zimbabwe's economic woes as he served in each of Mugabe's governments since independence in 1980.

Chiwenga is now one of Zimbabwe's two vice presidents.

Other injured officials included Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, minister of water, environment and climate, and Engelbert Rugeje, party secretary of the ruling ZANU-PF.

President Mnangagwa visited the injured at hospitals where they were admitted.

In an interview conducted after Saturday's explosion, Mnangagwa however insisted that he does not believe the people of Bulawayo are behind the attack, "they love him as much as he loves them".

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Images broadcast on Zimbabwean TV showed scenes of chaos and medics fighting to save those wounded by the blast.

Mr Abiy only became prime minister after his predecessor Hailemariam Desalegn unexpectedly resigned in February.

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.

Injured Zanu-PF supporters were pictured in a nearby hospital where one man wearing a blood-stained party T-shirt waited for treatment.

The U.S. Embassy says on Twitter that "political violence in any form is unacceptable" and contrary to the progress needed to move the country forward and "take its place on the global stage".

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

Other reports by GizPress

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