Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa Blames Grace Mugabe Faction For Blast
Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said he suspects a group linked to the former first lady was behind an attempt on his life.
Two people died and more than 40 were hurt in an explosion near Mr Mnangagwa at a rally in Bulawayo on Saturday.
According to BBC Mr Mnangagwa suspected the G40 group, which supported Grace Mugabe for the presidency, had carried out the attack.
Mrs Mugabe’s husband, Robert Mugabe, was forced from power last year.
The army intervened to oppose Mrs Mugabe’s attempt to succeed her husband as the country’s leader, and the ruling Zanu-PF party then sacked Mr Mugabe, replacing him with Mr Mnangagwa.
An exiled member of the G40 group, former government minister Jonathan Moyo, earlier tweeted that the blast “smacks of an inside job”.
Mr Mnangagwa did not accuse Mrs Mugabe of being involved in the attempt on his life.
He told the BBC he expects arrests to be made shortly.
“I don’t know whether it was one individual – I would think it is broader than one person. I would think this is a political action by some aggrieved persons,” he said.