Zimbabwe’s Ruling President and Robert Mugabe’s Successor, Mnangagwa narrative survived assnianation attempt by unknown individuals on Saturday afternoon during ZANU-PF party rally.
According to reports, an explosion rocked White City Stadium in Bulawayo where Mnangagwa was addressing thousands of people at a campaign rally.
Emmerson Mnangagwa has vowed that the “cowardly act” will not derail next month’s historic election – the first since long-time leader Robert Mugabe stepped down.
He said the object had “exploded a few inches away from me, but it is not my time”.
One of Zimbabwe’s two vice presidents, Kembo Mohadi, suffered a leg injury in the blast, which happened in Bulawayo.
The country’s environment minister, deputy speaker of parliament and several security personnel were also among the injured.
Footage posted online showed the president waving to the crowd as he turned to step off the podium and walked into the open-sided VIP tent, where the explosion happened seconds later.
People were seen ducking and screaming as smoke billowed through the stadium – with state television immediately cutting the broadcast.
No groups have come forward to say that they were behind the explosion so far.
Bulawayo is Zimbabwe’s second-largest city and is traditionally an opposition stronghold.
The blast happened just hours after a similar attack in Ethiopia during a rally for the country’s new prime minister. An attacker threw a grenade towards the stage where he was sitting – killing one person and injuring at least 83 others.
Presidential spokesman George Charamba told The Zimbabwe Herald that an investigation had been launched and said there had been “multiple attempts” on Mr Mnangagwa’s life over the years.Add your comments: Download Our News App Here