Zimbabwe Bulawayo blast: Two die after attack on Mnangagwa

President Emerson Mnangagwa

The Head of State emphasized that politics of violence has no space in today's modern politics.

The president survived an assassination plot by sheer luck when a grenade thrown in his direction exploded in what he later called a "cowardly act".

Matyszak said that it could also be possible that it was the security officials who allowed the bomb to slip through, and this could give reason for Mnangagwa to deploy the military more extensively across the country ahead of the vote.

"Several people were affected by the blast, and I have already been to visit them in the hospital", Mnangagwa wrote on his verified Facebook account, describing the attack as a "senseless act of violence".

"Our first aid action teams who had been deployed to provide first aid coverage as the norm for such big gatherings responded immediately, providing first aid and transferring the wounded to nearby hospitals", said Maxwell Phiri, the ZRCS secretary general.

In an appearance on the state broadcaster, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, Mnangagwa said it was the seventh attempt on his life from his "usual" enemies.

Charamba added: "VP Constantino Chiwenga had slight bruises on his face but he is fine".

After months of turbulent reforms in Zimbabwe and Ethiopia, two devastating explosions at political rallies on the weekend were signs that their transitions are stirring up potentially powerful resistance.

Mnangagwa stated the campaigns had been going on in a free and peaceful environment, saying he would not be intimidated by such actions from his foes.

Just a few hours after the attack, Mnangagwa took to Twitter to issue a statement calling for peace and unity.

He escaped largely unscathed, but one security officer had to have a leg amputated, presidential spokesman George Charamba said.

"The President's response has been: We answer with love".

At the weekend 44 long-term European Union observers were dispatched to Zimbabwe's 10 provinces, where they will stay until after the elections. The incident occurred in August when he was vice-president and was in a bitter feud with Mr. Mugabe's wife, Grace Mugabe, who remains unofficial leader of a faction opposing him.

Mnangagwa told the Zimbabwean Broadcasting Corporation that this was not the first attack on his life and that there had been previous attempts to poison him.

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