Two die after blast at Zimbabwe presidential rally - state newspaper

Arturo Kim
June 28, 2018

Zimbabwean police are offering a "substantial" reward for any information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the explosion at a Zanu-PF election rally in Bulawayo on Saturday‚ the state-controlled Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) reported.

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

Forty-nine people were injured, Charamba said.

The President further warned against the use premeditated violence as a tool for political canvasing. I'm used to it.

The blast came as Zimbabwe prepared to hold its first post-Mugabe presidential election on July 30, with 75-year-old Mnangagwa and 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa, the leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, the main contenders. He added: "I can assure you these are my normal enemies". "Now we as a people must unite we are one people with one destiny and one dream together we will prevail".

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

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Elections in Zimbabwe have been marred in the past by violence and charges of electoral fraud.

"Mnangagwa's measured response to the attack has been perceived as being statesmanlike", said Chatham House's Knox Chitiyo.

"It looks very much like an internal crisis within ZANU-PF", added Gideon Chitanga of the Johannesburg based think-tank Political Economy Southern Africa.

"We stand behind the people of Zimbabwe".

He said the attack was aimed at sowing "mayhem and turmoil" and described it as an "assault against democracy".

Charamba also said crime scene experts were now investigating the matter. Dramatic footage showed him walking off the stage and into a crowded tent where the blast occurred seconds later, sending up smoke as people screamed and ran for cover. "These sort of things don't happen in Zimbabwe but in Iraq and Iran". Click any of these buttons below!

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