Zimbabwe President Uninjured in Blast at Rally


Zimbabwe's presidential spokesman is ruling out an election delay or a state of emergency after an explosion at the president's campaign rally on Saturday that state media called an assassination attempt.

Injured people were evacuated after the explosion at the stadium in Bulawayo where Zimbabwe President had just addressed a rally. Mnangagwa, who has joked openly about multiple attempts on his life in the past, said he was used to them by now.

"While we await further information, my thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this senseless act of violence".

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

President Mnangagwa said these were the actions of his "mortal enemies", who over the past five years have made numerous well-documented attempts to kill him.

The president was in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second city, to campaign for his Zanu-PF party ahead of nationwide elections taking place on 30 July.

"In the past 38 years political violence has been a permanent feature and an anticipated ritual. which we must expunge".

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Dr Parirenyatwa last night said the injured were being treated at Mpilo Central Hospital, United Bulawayo Hospitals and Mater Dei Hospital.

That dramatic transfer of power began when Mr Mnangagwa was sacked as Mr Mugabe's deputy and said he had to immediately flee the country for his life. The strongest response to hate is love.

VP Constantino Chiwenga's wife was injured and hospitalised.

"Political violence of any nature from any quarter is totally unacceptable", he said.

"I have scars on account of political violence in the past, so it's something we have budgeted for", he said in an interview held on the lawns of a hotel in Kadoma now hosting opposition and ruling party members alike.

This time around, Mnangagwa has pledged to hold free and fair elections as he seeks to mend global relations and have sanctions against Zimbabwe dropped.

South African President Cyril Rampahosa condemned the attack and said the regional Southern African Development Community would "evaluate the incident and appropriate steps".