Zimbabwean President Mnangagwa Escapes Assassination


Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa survived a blast at a ruling ZANU-PF party rally Saturday in Bulawayo, his spokesman said, adding that he had been taken to safety after the incident.

But one of his two Vice Presidents, Kembo Mohadi was injured, according to The Zimbabwe Herald.

Mohadi suffered leg injuries in the bomb blast.

The Minister of Water, Environment and Climate Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri was also injured.

There were two other senior government officials that were also affected, who have been admitted to the hospital. But the newspaper did not give their names.

According to the Herald, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is also reported to be safe.

Presidential spokesman George Charamba said: “President Mnangagwa has not been injured and is at Bulawayo State House. Investigations are underway and more details will be given to the public. There have been multiple attempts on the President’s life over the past five years.”

One of the VIPs being carried away by Red Cross agents after the blast

The Sunday Mail said several security personnel attached to VIPs were also injured

Images broadcast on Zimbabwean TV showed scenes of chaos and medics fighting to save those wounded by the blast at the White City stadium in the country’s second city Bulawayo.

“The president was evacuated successfully. He is at state house in Bulawayo,” said Mnangagwa’s spokesman George Charamba.

“We suspect it’s an explosion, certainly it was close to the VVIP stage.”


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