ZIMBABWE - President Mnangagwa says he was ‘inches’ from Bulawayo explosion

ZIMBABWE - President Mnangagwa says he was ‘inches’ from Bulawayo explosion

ZIMBABWE - President Mnangagwa says he was ‘inches’ from Bulawayo explosion

The president was in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second city and an opposition stronghold, to campaign for his Zanu-PF party ahead of the July election.

An explosion has rocked a stadium in Zimbabwe where the nation's President Emmerson Mnangagwa was addressing a rally on Saturday.

He was not hurt, his spokesman said.

Unconfirmed reports from Bulawayo say that two people were killed and several more injured.

President Mnangagwa came into power last November, ousting his former mentor Robert Mugabe.

Mnangagwa was unscathed and later pointed out he'd had numerous attempts on his life in the past, saying he was used to them by now.

MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa yesterday spoke out against the bomb attack at a rally addressed by President Emmerson Mnangwa which left nine people, including government officials injured.

She said "comprehensive investigations" were underway at Bulawayo's White City stadium where the incident occurred and offered a "substantial reward" for any information that would help police investigations.

The President himself has openly joked about the attempts, including during his campaigning.

"Let me be very clear, nothing will stop the election in Zimbabwe, nothing at all", Chiwenga told a rally of the ruling ZANU-PF party in the town of Chitungwiza near Harare.

Zanu-PF chairwoman and cabinet minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri and the wife of the other vice president, retired general Constantino Chiwenga, Mary Chiwenga, were injured, he said, as was deputy parliament speaker Mabel Chinomona.

ZBC described the blast as "an assassination attempt".

Without mentioning names, Mnangagwa said there were some people who did not accept his presidency and his "usual enemies" were behind the blast.

He has invited election observers from the United States, the European Union and elsewhere for the first time in 16 years.

The British Embassy tweeted: "There is no place for any form of political violence in Zimbabwe".

In neighbouring South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa condemned the "barbaric and cowardly" attack.

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