ED mourns bomb blast victims

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday sent condolence messages to the families of his two security aides, who succumbed to injuries sustained during a bomb explosion that occurred at a Zanu PF campaign rally at White City Stadium in Bulawayo on Saturday.

By NQOBANI NDLOVU/SHARON SIBINDI

Mnangagwa, who escaped unhurt in the explosion widely believed to be targeted at him, described the attack as an act of terror.

“This cowardly terrorist attack at a public political meeting was indiscriminate and calculated to achieve a bloodbath which is hard to fathom. Above all, it sought to subvert the will of the people of Zimbabwe by attempting to destabilise the ongoing electoral programme, which our entire nation wishes to see unfold in an environment of perfect peace, all for a free, fair and credible electoral outcome, which we have pledged to ourselves and to the rest of the world,” Mnangagwa said in a statement.

“These merchants of terror must not be allowed to succeed or to stop the march of democracy, economic recovery and national progress which our people deserve.”

Mnangagwa disclosed that the government would meet all funeral and burial expenses, as well as medical costs for the more than 40 people who were also injured in the explosion.

This came as State security agencies yesterday said they had not yet established the source of the explosion, with the stadium still sealed off.

“The investigations are still ongoing, and no arrests have been made,” national police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said.

Sadc, the United Nations, Zanu PF, the opposition, civic society groups and the clergy have roundly condemned the attack as an act of terror.

In a related development, Zanu PF politburo member, Joshua Malinga yesterday dismissed reports that he was left stranded after his personal aide fled the scene of explosion.

Malinga, who is Mnangagwa’s adviser on disability, remained glued to his wheelchair as other top party and State security officials scurried for safety during the blast.


“My personal aide, Intelligence Masuku, dropped down, then woke up and came to my rescue. My security also was at my rescue. I was not injured on the day. I am well, I have no scratch,” he said.

9 Comments

  1. Now you want to pay for funeral expenses of the victims..Well nothing wrong with that.. How about all political victims that have been murdered by ZanuPf ..
    We never had anything about Itai Dzamara or the government helping his family with anything….Evil people indeed

  2. Tonderai Ndira, Talent Mabika, Tichaona Chiminya, Kanyurira, Chatitima, Mushangwe (zec), Bertha Chorurama, + those bombed at Zaka MDC offices, 300 killed in 2008, many others from 2000 by the likes of Kitsiyatota, Biggie Chitoro, Black Jesus etc + Gukurahundi victims. ED’S HANDS DRIP WITH VERY THICK BLOOD! WEe will be forever mourning in this country if we are to consider what ED has done to us!

  3. Regai ndinyore neshona. ndakanzwa kuti GVT ndiyo iri kuda kuona nezvekuradzikwa kwevanhu ava. Umm ipapo hapaite ZANU PF ndiyo ngaiite izvozvo handiti waiwe musangano wawo here.

  4. THESE ARE SOME OF THE GOOD QUALITIES OF GOOD LEADER. KEEP IT UP ED

  5. those who died and or injured were fullfilling their duties as per the constituitional mandate the president is 100% right to help the affected families

  6. Fruitless and useless zanu pf political rallies,ifai mazvekuda mavanga enyora kufira pasina,makudo ava.

  7. ko nhai munyori sei tisina mazita evafi ava nekuti tikuda kunobata maoko kana ari maCIO OPERATIVES akafa handiti vane funeral police within they employer but vakakuvara vaive vezanu zanu ngaibhadhare furu sitopu extended dambudziko zvokwadi

  8. kid marongorongo

    Nematambudziko kumhuri dzakarasikirwa uyewo kune vaka kuvara ndinokushuvirai kusimba nekukasika tinokudai musi wa 30 july tichiisa mutungamiri wedu vaED pachigaro

  9. kid marongorongo

    zvinorwadza zvikuru kurasikirwa nemi muri vatano nekuda kwenhubu dzisingade runyararo dai dzarangwa pasi nekudenga

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