Zim President Emmerson Mnagwagwa IMAGE : GIFT NDOLWANE
from NDABENI MLOTSHWA in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
BULAWAYO, (CAJ News) – TWO men are to appear in court for the recent stadium bombing in Zimbabwe, where President Emmerson Mnangagwa survived an alleged assassination attempt.
The suspects named as Douglas Musekiwa and John Zulu, both from Bulawayo where the explosion occurred, have been arrested following joint operations by the military intelligence and Criminal Investigations Department (CID).
They briefly appeared at the Bulawayo Magistrates Court this past weekend,
facing charges of insurgency, banditry, sabotage and terrorism.
The state security said the net was closing in on the chief perpetrators who are believed to have military training.
Musekiwa and Zulu have been in court but could not face magistrate Adelide Mbeure as the CID and military intelligence were still interrogating them.
Interrogators believe this would lead to the arrest of more suspects linked to the bombing at White City Stadium in the country’s second largest city on June 23.
Two people died from the grenade attack after Mnangagwa addressed a rally of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF).
Mnangagwa’s deputy, Kembo Mohadi, and Minister of Environment, Oppah
Muchinguri Kashiri, who is also ZANU-PF chairperson, were among 47 people
The duo was airlifted to a private hospital in neighbouring South Africa.
Mnangagwa, who is said to have survived nine attempts on his life,
suspects a ZANU-PF faction known as Generation 40 (G40) perpetrated the
The faction was angling Grace Mugabe to succeed her aging husband, Robert
Mugabe, before the military’s “Operation Restore Legacy” last November
forced him to resign.
Joint vice president, Constantino Chiwenga, who masterminded the coup
while he was Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) commander, has condemned the
bombing as “satanic.”
“We lost innocent lives, innocent people. Why would you want to take somebody’s life as if you are going to live forever?” he said at a rally held in Harare at the weekend.
Chiwenga’s wife was also seriously injured in the bomb attack.
by CAJ News