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from DANAI MWARUMBA in Mutare
MUTARE, (CAJ News) – SOME senior government and ruling Zimbabwe African National Union–Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) party officials injured in last month’s bomb blast have been released from an unnamed South African hospital.
Kembo Mohadi, the country’s co-deputy president, ZANU-PF Chairperson, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri , who is also the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, as well as the party’s political commissar, Retired lieutenant-general Engelbert Rugeje, were among scores injured.
Mary Chiwengwa, wife of co-vice president, Constantino, was also injured during the blast that ripped the White City Stadium in Bulawayo as President Emmerson Mnangagwa, concluded the party’s rally.
The recuperated officials appeared in public for the first time after the incident as they attended ZANU-PF’s rally held at the fourth largest city of Mutare in Manicaland Province this past weekend.
Muchinguri-Kashiri urged thousands of voters to cast their ballot for Mnangagwa and ZANU PF in next week’s elections.
Manicaland, bordering Mozambique, has 26 constituencies.
“All 26 seats in Manicaland are coming back to ZANU-PF. All these people will vote for you president (Mnangagwa),” Muchinguri-Kashiri said.
Mnangagwa welcomed back the senior officials that sustained injuries.
He disclosed two other cadres of the party remained in critical condition after the blast that killed at least two people and injured 49 others.
Mnangagwa urged Zimbabweans to shun violence.
“The culture of saying bad things about each other is in the past,” he said.
Mnangagwa succeeded longtime leader, Robert Mugabe, who was ousted in a military coup last November.
“We want to move forward as one. Zanu-PF does not fit in one man’s pocket or one woman’s handbag but we can all fit in ZANU-PF. We brought democracy to the party. We brought democratic space in the country,” Mnangagwa said.
The president said Zimbabwe had 133 political parties. More than 50 will contest and 23 will field presidential candidates.
– CAJ News