Zimbabwe: Attempts on Mnangagwa's life

Elias Hubbard
June 24, 2018

He is at state house in Bulawayo.

According to Mnangagwa's spokesman George Charamba, the president was "evacuated successfully" to his official residence in Bulawayo.

Police were not immediately available for comment.

Footage circulating on social media showed an explosion and plumes of smoke around the president as he descended stairs from the podium at the White City stadium.

Zimbabwe's state-run media is calling the blast at President Emmerson Mnangagwa's campaign rally an assassination attempt. Text the word "NEWS" to 22840.

He said: "There has been an incident at Bulawayo (White City Stadium) where the president was addressing a rally".

Mnangagwa says that "we will not allow this cowardly act to get in our way as we move towards elections".

It's unknown whether he was hurt in the blast which reportedly injured several ZANU-PF supporters.

"I can assure you these are my normal enemies", he said, adding that he had been to visit some of the injured in hospital.

In November, Robert Mugabe was forced out of power after 37 years, following a peaceful military takeover supported by the vast majority of the 17 million population.

The president has joked about the attempts on his life while on the campaign trail.

The election on 30 July will be the first without Mr Mugabe in the southern African nation since independence in 1980. Bulawayo, where the blast took place, is an opposition stronghold.

Global observers are in the country for the first time since 2002 and, if they endorse the conduct of the ballot, it could help Zimbabwe secure funding from worldwide institutions for the first time in two decades. Previous Zimbabwe votes were marked by allegations of violence and fraud, and Mugabe banned Western observers, accusing them of bias.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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