Zimbabwe Stadium Blast Was Assassination Attempt on President Mnangagwa: Government

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Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa says his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and its coalition partners feel more susceptible to violence after a bomb attack on a Zanu-PF party rally narrowly failed to kill President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

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

Spokesman George Charamba said investigations were underway and that there have been "multiple attempts" on Mnangagwa's life over the years.

(Picture: AFP) Officials said Mr Mnangagwa was whisked from the stadium rally to a nearby government building in Bulawayo, a traditional opposition stronghold.

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

Mnangagwa shortly after the attack told the state broadcaster, without elaborating, that those responsible must have come from "outside Bulawayo". "Four security personnel and some chiefs were also injured so all in all we are talking of 8 or 9 people who have been injured".

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Emmerson Mnangagwa said Saturday the device "exploded a few inches from me, but it is not my time". "Some require serious surgery and I think these are the ones who were close to where the blast occurred but some are not serious".

Twenty-three candidates - the highest number in the country's history - will contest the presidential race.

It is not clear how severe the injuries to Second Vice-President Kembo Mohadi are.

"It's not the first attempt (on) my life".

Also among the VIP injured list was Chiwenga's wife, Mary, cabinet minister Oppah Muchinguri- Kashiri and Zanu PF national commissar Englebert Rugeje.

National Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said she did not have details on the incident. The strongest response to hate is love. We are aware of your role of informing the public with regards to this case and certainly updates will be provided without affecting the status of the investigations.