Reports of attempt on Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s life

Explosion At Zimbabwe Stadium Where President Mnangagwa Addressed Rally

Explosion At Zimbabwe Stadium Where President Mnangagwa Addressed Rally

A blast that rocked a rally in which Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly escaped unscathed injured at least 41 people, including his two deputies, the health minister told a state Sunday paper.

A general view shows the scene of the main stage after a suspected bomb went off at a rally addressed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, at White City Stadium in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Saturday.

The president's spokesman, George Charamba, released a statement saying Mnangagwa was unhurt and an investigation was underway.

He said he "wishes a speedy recovery to those who were injured during this senseless act of violence, which can not be justified under any circumstances".

The elections on July 30 will be the first since 1980 - the year the country gained independence from white minority rule - that Mugabe is not in the running.

Among the injured are Vice President Kembo Mohadi, Zanu PF national chairperson Oppah Muchinguri- Kashiri, and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga's wife Mary Chiwenga.

Pictures show several people lying on the ground, apparently injured, with others being carried on stretchers or being attended to.

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Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe loyalist installed after the army ousted his erstwhile patron, said the object had "exploded a few inches away from me, but it is not my time".

"In the past 38 years political violence has been a permanent feature and an anticipated ritual. which we must expunge". "The strongest response to hate is love", Mnangagwa said.

When the President visited Mater Dei, Mrs Chiwenga was being treated for lacerations from when she rushed to assist her aide, who had taken blast shrapnel in the stomach. Mnangagwa was there campaigning ahead of the nationwide elections taking place next month.

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

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

South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also chair of the Southern African Development Community said the bloc would evaluate the incident and "take appropriate steps".

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