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11:54, 24 June 2018

Zimbabwe election to &#039to go ahead as planned&#039 soon after blast

Zimbabwe election to &#039to go ahead as planned&#039 after blast

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Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa says elections will go ahead as planned on 30 July, despite what he said was an try on his life on Saturday.

Forty-one people had been injured in the blast at a rally in the city of Bulawayo, which occurred close to Mr Mnangagwa as he was leaving the stage.

Officials mentioned security arrangements would be reviewed.

The vote is the initial since Robert Mugabe was ousted and Mr Mnangagwa has vowed they will be peaceful.

Mr Mnangagwa mentioned Saturday’s explosion happened when an object “exploded a few inches away from me – but it is not my time”.

He stated the violence was senseless and appealed for unity.

Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa also condemned the attack, saying any political violence was “entirely unacceptable”.

These hurt integrated two vice-presidents, the Zanu-PF celebration chairwoman, members of a state Television crew and safety personnel.

The president was in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city and an opposition stronghold, to campaign for his Zanu-PF party ahead of the July election.

He is favourite to win the poll, but analysts say he also has enemies – both for overthrowing his former mentor, Robert Mugabe, and for getting a prior enforcer of the Mugabe regime.

The elections are the very first in Zimbabwe since Mr Mugabe was forced out right after 37 years in power, and the initial to be monitored by international observers considering that 2002.

Mr Mnangagwa has mentioned the vote will be cost-free and fair.

Campaigning has been dominated by financial problems.

Who is Emmerson Mnangagwa?

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  • Identified as “the crocodile” because of his political shrewdness – his Zanu-PF faction is “Lacoste”
  • Received military instruction in China and Egypt
  • Tortured by Rhodesian forces right after his “crocodile gang” staged attacks
  • Helped direct Zimbabwe’s war of independence in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Became the country’s spymaster during the 1980s civil conflict, in which thousands of civilians have been killed, but has denied any part in the massacres, blaming the army
  • Accused of masterminding attacks on opposition supporters after 2008 election
  • Says he will provide jobs, and noticed as open to economic reforms

The ‘crocodile’ who snapped back

Published at Sun, 24 Jun 2018 10:31:06 +0000

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