Police offer reward for information on bomb blast in Zimbabwe

Police offer reward for information on bomb blast in Zimbabwe

Police offer reward for information on bomb blast in Zimbabwe

President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Sunday reassured Zimbabweans that acts of violence would not be allowed to derail progress made so far in efforts to rebuild the country, Namibia News Agency (NAMPA) reported. Mugabe has said he felt betrayed by Mnangagwa, a former protege, and has called his presidency illegal. Two vice presidents were reportedly among the injured.

"All vice chancellors of our universities and captains of industry have come together to say those captains of industry what type of skills do they want for the economy to go forward, what universities should do in terms of their curriculum to produce products who can fit in modern Zimbabwe the Zimbabwe we want, Zimbabwe of tomorrow".

Cricket Australia says it is closely monitoring the security situation in Zimbabwe after a bomb blast at an election rally but Australia's tour there next month will proceed at this stage.

While Bulawayo has always been a bastion of opposition to the ZANU-PF and it was Mnangagwa's first rally in the city, commentators suggest the attack could have been sparked by internal party ructions.

Presidential and parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe are scheduled for July 30, the first since longtime leader Robert Mugabe stepped down in November under military pressure.

Mnangagwa said on Saturday he was "used to these attempts" on his life, noting that he had been poisoned at a rally outside Bulawayo last August when still Mugabe's vice president. "While we have all chosen the path of peace others, unfortunately, still cling to the tools of violence".

Previous elections in Zimbabwe have been marred by electoral fraud, intimidation and violence, including the killing of scores of opposition supporters in 2008.

Plain-clothes police conducted random stop-and-search operations on the streets of Bulawayo while armed police mounted check points along the main highway leading out of the city.

In neighbouring South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa condemned the "barbaric and cowardly" attack. "We must not speculate ahead of investigations", Charamba said.

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