Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa blames Grace Mugabe faction for blast

Harare- 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 were killed and more than 40 were injured in an explosion near Mnangagwa rally in Bulawayo on Saturday.

Mr Mnangagwa speaking to BBC’s Fergal Keane said he suspected the G40 group, which was a fraction with Zanu-pf who supported Grace Mugabe for the presidency and that they carried out the attack.

Robert Mugabe, was forced out of power last year by the army.

The army intervened to stop Mrs Mugabe’s attempt to succeed her husband as the new president. The ruling Zanu-PF party then decided to remove Robert Mugabe and replaced him with vice president Mnangagwa.

A G40 group member whose in exile, and former government minister Jonathan Moyo, tweeted earlier that the blast “smacks of an inside job”.

However Mnangagwa did not accuse Mrs Mugabe of being involved in the assassination attempt.

He said to the BBC that he expects arrests to be made shortly.

He said, “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”.k

Mnangagwa says whoever tried to kill him was part of a conspiracy well in the G40 faction.

He did not go as far as to blame Grace Mugabe for the attack but accused her supporters, he has since his presidency isolated them completely.

She is currently in Singapore, where her husband is receiving medical treatment.

Photo credi-BBC.com

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