Zimbabwe’s leader escapes bomb blast in Bulawayo

Clay Curtis
June 24, 2018

An explosion rocked a stadium where Zimbabwe's president was addressing a campaign rally on Saturday, state media reported, saying he was not injured and had been evacuated from the scene. "This is now a police issue, but the president is safe at Bulawayo State House", spokesperson George Charamba told Reuters news agency.

VP Constantino Chiwenga's wife was injured and hospitalised.

The United States and Britain were among countries that condemned the explosion.

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

The President escaped injuries, but others were injured and hospitalized.

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They are the first polls since veteran leader Robert Mugabe was ousted following a brief military takeover in November past year.

The elections are the first in Zimbabwe since Mr Mugabe was ousted after 37 years in power. He added: 'I can assure you these are my normal enemies'. The two senior Government officials are admitted at a local hospital ( name withheld.) The Sunday Mail also has it on good authority that several security personnel attached to VIPs are also injured.

The upcoming elections are the first to be held without former president Robert Mugabe since the country's independence in 1980. Political violence in any form is unacceptable and contrary to the positive progress required to move Zimbabwe forward as it seeks to take its place on the global stage.

Mr Mnangagwa has pledged to hold a free and fair election, inviting Western observers for the first time in nearly two decades.

Mark Stevens, EU deputy chief observer, said 44 observers have started work, and this will rise to 140 on the day of the vote.

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