At least eight people including Vice President Kembo Mohadi and Zanu-PF national chairman Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri were injured following an explosion at White City Sports Stadium where President Mnangagwa was addressing a rally.
Nick Mangwana, the chairman of ZANU-PF in the United Kingdom says some of the injured include Dr. Engelbert Rugeje, Mrs Mabel Chinomona and Mrs Marry Chiwenga among other dignitaries.
Presidential spokesperson Mr George Charamba told the Herald that most of the injured people have been attended to and discharged.
“Vice President Mohadi is nursing some leg injuries but he is in good spirit,” he said.
“Minister Muchinguri-Kashiri is still in a state of shock and she had some injuries around her chest. National commissar Gen Rugeje had some shrapnel in his arm but he has been attended to and discharged. Mai Chiwenga had some lacerations on her face as she tried to rescue one of her aides who had shrapnel in her stomach.
“VP Chiwenga had slight bruises on his face but he is fine. 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,” said Mr Charamba.
“The president has been successfully evacuated. He is at the provincial headquarters in Bulawayo,” spokesman George Charamba told AFP by telephone.
“We think it was an explosion, which certainly happened very close to the podium where the personalities were,” Charamba continued, without further clarification.
According to several witnesses, the explosion was felt when the head of state, candidate of the ruling party, Zanu-PF, in the presidential election scheduled for 30 July, had just finished his speech in front of several hundred of his supporters.
The meeting was held in a stadium in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city, considered an opposition stronghold.
President Mnangagwa’s spokesperson said investigations are already underway and this is not the first time that a plot to kill Mnangagwa has been attempted
“Investigations are under way and more details will be given to the public. There have been multiple attempts on the president’s life over the past five years.”
Footage posted online showed Mnangagwa waving to the crowd, turning to step off the podium and walking into the open-sided VIP tent, where seconds later the explosion occurred. People ducked and screamed and smoke billowed. State television immediately cut its broadcast.