One person dies after explosion at Zimbabwe president's rally

One person dies after explosion at Zimbabwe president's rally

The president "will not be driven by vengefulness or a spirit of retribution", his spokesman, George Charamba, told the state-run Sunday Mail newspaper.

"It is a battle of elephants pitting Mnangagwa, and his powerful deputy who broods risky presidential ambitions to the extent of wanting to eliminate his boss", said the source.

State media called the attack an assassination attempt.

Sources close to the investigation say they believe a grenade was hurled at the event, the BBC's Shingai Nyoka reports from Harare.

"I have set down (my) administration with institutions of higher learning, our universities to say we must now focus on producing products from universities and institutions of higher learning to say we must now produce products that fit in the industrialisation concept of this country", said President Mnangagwa. "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".

Durban has a large Zimbabwean community, and many Zimbabweans were eager to return home and rebuild the country after Mnangagwa came to power. Video clips showed the blast occurring within metres of Mr. Mnangagwa's entourage as he waved to supporters just moments after leaving the stage at White City Stadium in the city of Bulawayo.

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The names of the dead have not been released but one is reported to work for Vice-President Constatino Chiwenga. "The strongest response to hate is love", wrote Mnangagwa on his Facebook page.

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation indicated Mnangagwa's Vice President, Kembo Mohadi, suffered a leg injury in the attack though the degree of the injury could not be ascertained.

At the weekend 44 long-term European Union observers were dispatched to Zimbabwe's 10 provinces, where they will stay until after the elections.

Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change has condemned the explosion. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.

Mnangagwa ascended to power in November 2017 after smoothly dethroning his political godfather and mentor Robert Mugabe who had served as Zimbabwe's prime minister and president for over three decades.

"Any form of violence in politics is unacceptable".

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