An explosion at a party rally where Zimbabwean president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, had just finished addressing the nation left two of his vice-presidents and several other party officials injured. Reports indicate he is in a ‘well’ situation and has urged the citizens to stay calm and maintain peace.

In a video footage that made rounds online, there was an explosion just near president Mnangagwa as he was being led off the podium after addressing members at the rally at White City stadium in Bulawayo. Plumes of smoke from the explosion surround him as security whisks him away from the scene.

Mnangagwa took over power from Robert Mugabe who stepped down under intense pressure from the army. He had been in power for over 37 years.

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Mnangagwa however said he is fine and urged the state to remain calm and maintain peace. While speaking to his people, he said;

An object exploded a few inches away from me, but it is not my time. The campaign so far has been conducted in a free and peaceful environment, and we will not allow this cowardly act to get in our way as we move towards election.

A few clips shared on social media indicate that the explosion was due to a hand grenade that was thrown at the president by someone actually near the stage as he made his way down the steps.

George Charamba, a government spokesman, said investigations were under way and that there have been “multiple attempts” on Mr Mnangagwa’s life over the years.

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Josh Ruby is an Editor with high interest and knowledge in the Ugandan entertainment space, an industry he has been actively part of since 2010. Leads to breaking stories are welcome!

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