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ACDP condemns bomb attack at political rally in Bulawayo

ACDP Member of Parliament Cheryllyn Dudley today said that “The ACDP condemns the bomb attack at a political rally in Bulawayo which appears to have been an assassination attempt on Zimbabwe’s President, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

“The ACDP sends condolences and prayers to the injured. This is a disturbing occurrence and the ACDP calls on opposition parties in Zimbabwe to condemn violence and intimidation tactics. Those responsible are the enemies of a democratic Zimbabwe and must face the consequences.”

An object exploded close to Mr Mnangagwa as he was leaving the stage having addressed supporters.  While the president was unhurt, the Zimbabwe state broadcaster (ZBC) reported that Vice-President Kembo Mohadi suffered a leg injury.  Presidential spokesman George Charamba told the Zimbabwe Herald newspaper that there were eight or nine people injured, most of whom had been attended to and discharged from hospital.  ZBC reported that Zanu PF national chairman, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, political commissar, Engelbert Rugeje, and some ZBC crew members were also injured.

President Mnangagwa has visited the injured in hospital. He has condemned the violence as senseless and pleaded for unity.  Mr Mnangagwa came to power last November, ousting his former mentor Robert Mugabe. The president was in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second city and an opposition stronghold, to campaign for his Zanu-PF party ahead of nationwide elections taking place on 30 July.

The elections are the first in Zimbabwe since Mr Mugabe was ousted after 37 years in power.

25 June 2018

ACDP commends Mnangagwa for ensuring first national elections of post-Mugabe era not delayed

ACDP Member of Parliament and International Relations spokesperson Cheryllyn Dudley today said that, “The ACDP commends President Emmerson Mnangagwa for following through on promise to ensure Zimbabwe’s first national elections of the post-Mugabe era are not delayed”.

“We extend best wishes to all participating in the upcoming elections and pray for God’s hand of protection over you and His guidance. The eyes of the world, especially potential investors, will be on the July 30 presidential and parliamentary elections.  For many of us in SADC countries, Zimbabwe’s progress and mature handling of their internal struggle is a beacon of hope, and the ACDP welcomes the clearance given for monitors to be deployed. This has not been the case since 2002 when I was part of the South African Parliament delegation in Zimbabwe to monitor their elections”, Dudley said.

Mnangagwa and Nelson Chamisa, his main rival, are both campaigning on a promise to revive the economy which has been crippled by a legacy of land seizures from commercial farmers and a black economic empowerment drive that targeted foreign-owned businesses – policies of Robert Mugabe’s near four-decade rule, which ended in November after a de facto military coup that transferred power to 75-year-old Mnangagwa.

The ruling ZANU-PF says Zimbabwe is at a critical stage of transition requiring an experienced politician like Mnangagwa. Chamisa, the 40-year-old leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), says the president is equally to blame for the country’s economic troubles, since he served in each of Mugabe’s governments since independence in 1980.  Both arguments appear to have resonated among the 5.4 million-strong electorate, 60 percent of whom are under 40.

Other contenders in the presidential race will include, Joice Mujuru (ousted from the ruling party in 2014), Thokozani Khupe (who leads a splinter MDC faction), and four other lesser-known candidates.

If no single presidential candidate wins an absolute majority next month, a run-off is scheduled for September.

15 June 2018