Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

One person dies after blast at Zimbabwe president's rally-state radio

One person dies after blast at Zimbabwe president's rally-state radio

President Kenyatta offered his message of goodwill to the President and the people of Zimbabwe and termed the attack as an affront on democracy by misguided elements out to subvert the free will of the peace loving people of the Southern Africa nation.

In a statement, police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said while the number of the injured was 49, there could be more who were yet to report for medical attention.

"Let me make it very clear that nothing will stop the elections in Zimbabwe, nothing at all", Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who was lightly bruised in Saturday's blast, told a rally outside the capital, Harare. A security officer had to have a leg amputated, presidential spokesman George Charamba said.

Medics attend to people injured in an explosion during a rally by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe June 23, 2018.

Those policies were cornerstones of Mugabe's near four-decade rule, but the ruling ZANU-PF says Zimbabwe is at a critical stage of its transition and needs an experienced hand like Mnangagwa at the tiller.

Several security personnel were also hurt, the state-owned Herald newspaper said. "Until the investigators pronounce themselves and present the evidence for arrest and prosecution, no one should ascribe motive or blame".

The polls in five weeks will be the first since Zimbabwe's veteran leader Robert Mugabe resigned following a brief military takeover in November last year after 37 years in power.

Mnangagwa told state broadcaster ZBC, without elaborating, that those responsible must have come from "outside Bulawayo". "I assure you they will not succeed", he said.

The main competition will be between Mnangagwa and the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change's leader, 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa.

Twenty-three candidates have filed to run for president at the election.

Previous elections in Zimbabwe had been marred by electoral fraud, intimidation and violence, including the killing of scores of opposition supporters in 2008.

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