An attempt on the life of President Emmerson Mnangagwa has apparently been made at Bulawayo’s White City Stadium.
While details are still sketchy, when the president was leaving the stage after addressing supporters at a rally a loud explosion went off close to the stage. A camera focused on the president and his party showed a what appears to be a bomb go off, right in front of him.
The president is quickly whisked away immediately after, while some aides fall off the stage and others collapse after the explosion.
A picture of an injured man from the event, being carried away on a stretcher after.
There are unconfirmed reports that two aides have been killed while a high-level official has been injured.
President Mnangagwa is unhurt and has been successfully evacuated.
Presidential Spokesperson George Charamba seemed to confirm that this was indeed an attempt on the head of state’s life.
Presidential spokesman Mr 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.”
Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is also reported to be safe. Several people are said to have been injured but the extent of the injuries has not yet been established. The area around the VIP stage has been cordoned off and security personnel are collecting evidence.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that Vice President Kembo Mohadi suffered leg injuries in the bomb blast. Minister of Water, Environment and Climate Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri was also injured. The two senior Government officials are admitted at a local hospital (name withheld.)
It is also reported that several security personnel attached to VIPs are also injured.