Zimbabwe campaign rally explosion death toll increase

Zimbabwe campaign rally explosion death toll increase

Police are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects. "It does not deter anyone", he said, adding that no political rallies would be cancelled and urging fellow politicians to "continue to campaign peacefully".

Worldwide observers are in the country for the first time since 2002 and, if they endorse the conduct of the ballot, it could help Zimbabwe secure funding from global institutions for the first time in two decades.

Twenty-three candidates - the highest number in the country's history - will contest the presidential race.

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

Fifteen people were injured, three seriously and some lost limbs, in the explosion during an election campaign event in Zimbabwe's second city Bulawayo, according to Health Minister David Parirenyatwa.

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.

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Mnangagwa, who has survived numerous attempts on his life, has described the blast as a "senseless act of violence and cowardice".

"While the majority of the nation is united behind this dream, there are those who feel threatened by the steps we are taking, they do not want the open and progressive Zimbabwe we are thriving for".

Mnangagwa told state broadcaster ZBC, without elaborating, that those responsible must have come from "outside Bulawayo".

Mnangagwa has vowed a credible election, the first since longtime leader Robert Mugabe stepped down in November under military pressure.

State media also reported that the ZANU-PF party secretary in charge of political organisation, Engelbert Rugeje, was injured, as were several security personnel. "I assure you they will not succeed", he said. Allegations of violence and fraud marked past votes.

Authorities gave no details of what had caused the explosion at Mnangagwa's first rally in Bulawayo, an opposition stronghold where the ruling ZANU-PF has not won in national elections since 2000.

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