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Zimbabwe’s president Mnangagwa unhurt after blast in Bulawayo

By on June 23, 2018

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa escaped unhurt after an explosionrocked a stadium where he was addressing a political rally on Saturday.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa was whisked to a state house in Bulawayo, where he had been speaking ahead of next month’s election, the Zimbabwe Herald reported.

However, vice presidents Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi and a minister sustained minor injuries following the blast at the White City Stadium in the second city of Bulawayo.
National Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said she did not have details on the incident.
“We are still to get information on what exactly happened as we understand that some people could have been injured as this happened in the VIP tent.”

Several security personnel were also injured, the state-owned Herald newspaper said.

Mnangagwa was speaking at his first rally in Bulawayo, an opposition stronghold where the ruling ZANU-PF has not won in national elections since 2000.

Zimbabwe holds its 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.

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

The explosion came just hours after a similar attack in Ethiopia, where a blast killed at least one person and injured scores just after the new prime minister addressed a huge rally in the capital.

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