Zimbabwe president suggests he was target of rally blast

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who survived a blast at a ruling Zanu-PF party rally Saturday, suggested he was the target of the attack which left one of his vice-presidents wounded.

“I am used to these attempts,” Mnangagwa said in his first comments on the explosion in the country’s second city of Bulawayo.

He said an object “exploded a few inches away from me — but it is not my time”.

One of Zimbabwe’s two vice presidents was injured during an explosion at a ruling Zanu-PF election rally which President Emmerson Mnangagwa survived in the second city of Bulawayo, state television said Saturday.

“In news just received Vice President Kembo Mohadi, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri the Zanu PF chairperson and political commissar Engelbert Rugeje were injured in the explosion,” Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) said.

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