THIS WEEK: Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa survives bomb attack at rally
Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | As Zimbabwe readies for the first polls after the departure of President Robert Mugabe, the campaigns are tense but observers say President Emmerson Mnangagwa appears to be having the majority support.
However, on June23, it got the country by surprise when a bomb blast went off at his rally in the capital of Bulawayo. International reports show that Mnangagwa was whisked to safety by his security detail although some of his supporters including ZANU PF party officials were injured and rushed for treatment.
Speaking shortly after visiting these, the president said he survived an attempt on his life and that he is used to it. “The object exploded a few inches away from me but it was not my time. It has affected my vice-presidents, especially comrade Mohadi”, he said.
The election is scheduled for July30 and the biggest competition is between Mnangagwa and his closest challenger Nelso Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change party.