President Kenyatta Condemns Violent Attack In Zimbabwe

28 June, 2018, 14:59 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • President Emerson Mnangagwa

Mnangagwa escaped unhurt but several senior government officials were injured who include vice president Kembo Mohadi and ZANU-PF chairperson and cabinet minister Oppah Muchinguri.

President Kenyatta offered his message of goodwill to the President and the people of Zimbabwe and termed the attack as an affront on democracy by misguided elements out to subvert the free will of the peace loving people of the Southern Africa nation.

Mnangagwa later pointed out he'd had numerous attempts on his life in the past, saying he was used to them by now.

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

Mnangagwa has vowed a credible election, the first since longtime leader Robert Mugabe stepped down in November under military pressure.

Injured ZANU-PF supporters were pictured in a nearby hospital where one man wearing a blood-stained party T-shirt waited for treatment.


"People started running in all directions and then immediately the president's motorcade left at a very high speed".

Smoke fills the stage following an explosion at a Zanu pf rally in Bulawayo, Saturday, June, 23, 2018.

The intervention by the army was led by Chiwenga who was then head of the armed forces.

Chipo Dendere, a Zimbabwean professor of political science at Amherst College in the United States, said the incident would change the tone of the election campaign.

But over the years, as tensions rose over who would succeed the 94-year-old, the system broke into factions.

Elections in Zimbabwe have been marred in the past by violence and charges of electoral fraud. 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. Any delays in bringing this matter to finality, as has been the case with other related attacks on the private media and opposition politicians, would cast aspersions on the State's commitment to breaking the cycle of violence.

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