Zanu PF explosion claims 2

TWO of the 49 people injured in a suspected grenade explosion during President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s campaign rally at White City Stadium in Bulawayo on Saturday, died at Mpilo Hospital yesterday.


Health minister David Parirenyatwa and Bulawayo Metropolitan Affairs minister Angeline Masuku confirmed the development, but declined to name the deceased, saying their next of kin had not yet been informed.

“We have lost two victims of the blast that occurred on Saturday in Bulawayo. Our medical teams have been working hard to assist, but they were seriously injured. One of them who passed on had his intestines out and he lost a lot of blood,” Parirenyatwa said.

National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba could not be reached for comment as her mobile phone went unanswered, but sources claimed that the deceased were members of the Presidential Guard.

Although Mnangagwa left unscathed in the blast, several of his top lieutenants, among them Vice-President Kembo Mohadi, Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga’s wife Marry, Zanu PF chairperson Oppah Muchinguri and party commissar Engelbert Rugeje were injured.

The stadium has been sealed off since Saturday as police and military ballistic experts were combing the area for possible leads to the cause of the blast, although no arrests have been made to date.

In a related development, the Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ), which is seeking a High Court interdict to stop Zanu PF from frog-marching teachers and pupils to its rallies, yesterday told the court that their case was bolstered by the Bulawayo incident.

Through their lawyer, Doug Coltart, ARTUZ claimed schoolchildren could have been exposed in the attack had the rally been held during school days.

Masvingo High Court judge Justice Joseph Mafusire, who is presiding over the matter yesterday postponed the hearings to Thursday after Zanu PF failed to pitch up, while Talent Udenge from the Attorney-General’s Office representing Primary and Secondary Education minister Paul Mavima said he needed time to file his heads of arguments.

Coltart had argued that the matter should proceed even without the input from Zanu PF because of the recent bombing in Bulawayo “which puts schools kids under irreparable harm”.

Since 2014, Mnangagwa has been a target of sustained foiled assassination attempts which include, cyanide lacing in his office, several break-ins in his government office and poisoning among other alleged attempts.

As Vice-President between 2014 to last year, Mnangagwa’s office was reportedly broken into a record six times, but police were yet to make arrests − leaving many questioning the capability of the State security apparatuses to bring the matter to finality if it was not an inside job.

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  1. Exposing innocent teachers and students simply because they want to impress the President when he look at a huge crowd full of school children. ZANU pf must stop that behavior. After school children will not vote.

  2. It’s not only about pupils and teachers, it also goes to all people who are forcibly marched to attend ZANU PF rallies. If people love the party and its leadership, they would simply and willingly participate in the organized rallies.

  3. Zimbabweans,definitely,vision and knowledge is totally out of reach to many and god will never ever intervene in the long suffering of the people as long as (1) evil Zanu pf still rule zimbabwe and (2) as long as zimbabweans don’t change themselves. In many times,i have been urging people not to attend to useless zanu pf rallies and meetings because non services deliveries are the best achievements zanu pf party and government has able to achieve for 38 years. Mazano marairwana.

  4. imi kana murini makazviita makutaurisa chiii now

  5. there is need to tighten security in the near future to make sure that such a act will not happen again because people may become inferior to attend rallies.

  6. in future there is need to tighten security so as to avoid people being scared to go and attend rallies.

  7. There is no need for school children to attend political rallies. Some of them are having to miss school to attend these useless rallies. ED must condemn this behaviour.

  8. is there anyone who needs to lose his or her relative or friend. in zvangu handidi so lets get together and condemn such acts of terror with the deepest critisism it deserves. chakaipa chakaipa ndochinonzi pasi nacho. vamwe vana vatosara vari nherera kutaura kudai.


  10. In zanu pf anything can happen. Which Pr powers? If he had the powers he should have started with stoping economic terrorism , which is being done by those selling cash.

  11. My prayers and condolences goes out to the families of the deceased.
    It’s sad to see lives lost at the hands of merciless and hungry for power oppositions.
    Not accusing anyone but I surely believe whatever motives were behind this attack was definitely to take the life of our President and leader.

  12. Sincere condolences to all families affected and Zanu PF as a whole party. We have to stand and unite against such terrorist acts. We are for peace. ED is for peace. RIP!

  13. We are going to heal as one people and support the who suffered injuries ad lost their lives at White City Stadium in Bulawayo last Saturday.
    Let’s remember ED is for peace and ED stands for prosperity.

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