Zimbabwe police says 49 people injured in Bulawayo blast

Zimbabwe police says 49 people injured in Bulawayo blast

Zimbabwe police says 49 people injured in Bulawayo blast

Witnesses said the blast occurred as Mnangagwa had just finished addressing the crowd and was leaving the podium.

Presidential spokesman Mr George Charamba told state media that the president was not injured.

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.

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

Chamisa told Al Jazeera that although Zimbabwe was more stable than a decade ago, Saturday's attack on the stadium in Bulawayo where Mnangagwa spoke made him expectant of more tension directed at the opposition ahead of next month's elections. "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".

Mr Charamba said the 75-year-old president, who was accompanied by his two deputies, was safe at a state house in the city.

Mr Chiwenga's wife, Mary, Zanu-PF party chairperson Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri and another party official, Ms Mabel Chinomona, were among senior officials injured in the attack.

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It was not clear who was responsible for the explosion, which Mnangagwa called a cowardly act, or how the security around the president was breached.

"Unconfirmed reports indicate that Vice President Kembo Mohadi suffered leg injuries in the bomb blast. I assure you they will not succeed", he said.

"It's not the first attempt (on) my life". Six times my office has been broken into; cyanide was put in my offices so many times.

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's response has been: We answer with love".

"We have started investigations into the issue where so far a number of people have been injured".

"In November, we all came together motivated by a dream, (for) a free, democratic and prosperous Zimbabwe, a peaceful Zimbabwe", he said in an audio clip.

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