Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa Unharmed After Explosion At Campaign Rally

24 Junio, 2018, 02:25 | Author: Kelly Blake
  • Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa Unharmed After Explosion At Campaign Rally

Mr Charamba said there had been "multiple" attempts to the president's life and an investigation has been launched.

Mnangagwa took power in November after his former ally, longtime leader Robert Mugabe, stepped down under military pressure.

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

Mr Mnangagwa later visited those who were injured in the blast at the local hospital.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa told the state broadcaster that there have been "so many" attempts on his life in the past and that he is used to them.

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

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

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Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu confirmed the "unfortunate incident" adding: "There were some injuries but I am still to get full details but as you are aware this happened close to the (president)".

The United States and Britain were among countries that condemned the explosion.

A video circulating social media shows Mnangagwa walking off the stage, fists in the air, as he's accompanied by a small group of officials.

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'.

Several people have been injured in an alleged bomb blast at a Zanu-PF rally in Zimbabwe.

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.

He has pledged to hold free and fair elections as he seeks to mend worldwide relations.

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