Violence Won't Kill Dream Of A New Zimbabwe: President Mnangagwa

Hugh Fox
June 28, 2018

ZBC quoted the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) sa saying at a media conference on Sunday afternoon that expert teams were firmly on the ground investigating the explosion and that a "substantial" reward was being offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest of the culprits.

He has pledged to hold free and fair elections as he seeks to mend global relations and have sanctions against Zimbabwe dropped.

Zimbabwe's presidential candidates are not normally provided with security by the government.

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The blast which went off shortly after President Emmerson Mnangagwa addressed a stadium crowd in Bulawayo has been called an assassination attempt.

Mnangagwa said the explosion occurred just "inches" from him. For a person who has survived several alleged attempts on his life over the past few years and who is presumed to be the target of the Saturday attack, Mnangagwa could have easily thrown caution to the wind and declared war against his rivals, causing unnecessary bloodbath.

"While the majority of the nation is united behind this dream, there are those who feel threatened by the steps we are taking, they do not want the open and progressive Zimbabwe we are thriving for". The broadcaster also showed footage of a jovial Mnangagwa walking around the state house gardens in Bulawayo. "I will continue", he added.

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Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, condemned the attack.

FILE PHOTO: Zimbabwe's vice president Constantino Chiwenga is escorted from the stage after an explosion during a rally by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe June 23, 2018.

The presidential elections will be the first since the country's military forced Robert Mugabe out of office in an apparent coup in November. Unlike the past elections that were marked by killings, internal displacements, destruction of property and systematic intimidation of mainly opposition activists, this time around the country's politics had taken a somewhat mature route - allowing for all political actors to freely solicit for votes even in the so-called "no-go areas" without fear.

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