Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

President Mnangagwa escapes unhurt after blast at rally

President Mnangagwa escapes unhurt after blast at rally

The explosion occurred just as President Mnangagwa was leaving the stage after his rally at white city stadium.

Mnangagwa confirmed today that an object "exploded a few inches away from me".

"There has been an incident at Bulawayo where the president was addressing a rally".

The country's vice president Constantino Chiwenga and his wife sustained minor injuries from the blast, a source close to the president said. Minister of Water‚ Environment and Climate Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri was also injured.

Mr Mnangagwa took power in November after his former ally Mr Mugabe stepped down under military pressure.

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

State television immediately cut its broadcast. Several people were affected by the blast, and I have already been to visit them in the hospital. "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 newspaper reported.

He is at state house in Bulawayo.

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".

The European Union Saturday began deploying election observers in Zimbabwe for the first time in 16 years, ahead of next month's vote. Mnangagwa, a former justice and defense minister who served for decades as Mugabe's enforcer, has invited Western election observers for the first time in nearly two decades.

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