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Zim: Explosion hits Mugabe party office

2011-12-29 13:11

Harare - An explosion hit the provincial office of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF in the central city of Gweru, causing only material damage, state media reported on Thursday.

"We are still investigating the cause of the explosion" which occurred late on Tuesday, police inspector Patrick Chademana told The Herald newspaper.

He said nobody was injured by the blast, which took place in the city of Gweru, 275km south of the capital Harare, and shattered the building's windows.

Passmore Washaya, Zanu-PF's provincial administrator, said the blast was "an act of aggression by our enemies, especially the MDC," referring to the Movement for Democratic Change.

The MDC, which is led the country's prime minister and Mugabe's uneasy governing coalition partner Morgan Tsvangirai, denied the allegation as unfounded.

Mutual recrimination has intensified between the two parties in recent weeks and the country is expected to hold a fresh election in 2012.

Comments
  • RobertaKeeling - 2011-12-29 13:15

    Somebody probably forgot to switch off the gas, and some other guy tried to light a cigarette??

      Willie - 2011-12-29 15:08

      They will blame MDC

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-29 18:03

      My thoughts exactly. Some bozo was cooking sheeps guts in their office and forgot to turn the gas cooker off.

      Beetroot - 2011-12-29 18:07

      It was the inflation!

      ubhejane - 2011-12-30 02:30

      This old man John sits here every night at around this time and then he pastes the same rubbish on here night after night. At what point are the people who delete some of our posts, going to stop this, because this has now become a public harassment. Now either News24 starts taking their website seriously and boot this kind of rubbish out of here or else they are sure going to start seeing a decline in readership and that in return means less advertisers and so on and so on. Has a light gone up somewhere at News24?

      Garth - 2011-12-30 08:41

      The `lion' who is now `black rhino' is correct. This small-minded, one-eyed, flat-earth dweller john is of no consequence to our modern world. What is the point of your post anyway? Analogy between Mugabe's 6 henchmen and the gang of four? He is still alive; they are not on trial; his wife is no Jiang Qing. What is your point?

  • Kevin Nicklin - 2011-12-29 13:16

    Here starts the blame game again. ZANUPF are so good at doing this. Always happens before elections. Just like we expect the sun to rise every day, you can expect ZANUPF to pull off such antics prior to elections!

      ubhejane - 2011-12-29 13:20

      I fully agree with you Kevin. Spot on. The old tried and tested Mugabe tricks!

  • Anthony - 2011-12-29 13:23

    pity melema and mugabe were not having a meeting

      RE - 2011-12-29 13:29

      the whole anc team n their hypocrite brothers n sisters!

      lynch - 2011-12-29 14:47

      you guys are stupid, where does anc fit in here?

      ubhejane - 2011-12-29 14:51

      @Lynch. A bit slow this morning?

      Willie - 2011-12-29 15:09

      @lynch obviously you are out of the loop,ask Mr "Bokkie" Mantashe

      Beetroot - 2011-12-29 18:08

      Lynch, stay at home and watch tv. Malema will educate you!

  • PaasHaas - 2011-12-29 13:28

    Passmore Washaya, Zanu-PF's provincial administrator, said the blast was "an act of aggression by our enemies, especially the MDC," - aren't we constantly led to believe by Mugabe, Zuma and the AU that Zimbabwe is a democracy. A democracy doesnt have enemies, merely political opponents against whom you debate in Parliament or compete for votes in an election. Someone's pulling the wool over our eyes.

      ubhejane - 2011-12-29 13:52

      LOL LOL Paashaas. Only in Zimbabwe would you call the opposition your enemy, like he calls the rest of the civilized world. But I have outgrown my fierce criticism of him. To me he is now a comedy show. We are taking care of all the sane Zimbabweans any way so the ones left there supporting him must simply starve to death. No sympathy for them. Really a pity he doesn't have a commodity the Americans want. Imagine if we could base 800,000 blood thirsty Americans here to bomb the cr@p out of him, what a boost our economy would get? Just close your eyes and convert a Trillion Dollars into Rands and see how rich our ANC leaders could get if they just applied their brains for once?

      Beetroot - 2011-12-29 18:29

      Hallo Seestah!!

      Kevin - 2011-12-29 21:54

      Too right PaasHaas. Ubhejane its not a comedy when people are killed. Mugabe ha been responsible for more deaths since independence though his army, police, health department and disastrous agricultural policy than died in the struggle for democracy.

  • Gavin - 2011-12-29 13:31

    Damn, saw the title of the article and took the champagne out...

      janine.cronje - 2011-12-29 13:36

      Well if it's already open....

      mystae - 2011-12-29 13:40

      Sharing is caring...

      Anthony - 2011-12-29 16:05

      cheers

      Beetroot - 2011-12-29 18:10

      on my way to you with a case of Moet!!!

      Perfume5 - 2011-12-29 18:54

      LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!! @Gavin

  • Grace - 2011-12-29 13:34

    Mugabe's minions obviously did it themselves, so they could place the blame on the MDC. The fact that no-one was injured makes it more suspicious

      Brian - 2011-12-29 21:52

      So Grace when the Western Zionist American funded , controlled, MDC, stooges offices are bombeb , can we assume you will also assume , they did it themselves ?.

  • LekkePerd - 2011-12-29 13:44

    Mooiman, smoke e'nm out

  • Kate - 2011-12-29 13:48

    Damn, they had an opportunity and blew it!!!

      janine.cronje - 2011-12-29 13:54

      haha!

  • nasheenar - 2011-12-29 13:58

    Pity the main man wasnt in there

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-29 14:00

    I wish it's just the beggining of your end Madala.

  • Janice - 2011-12-29 14:02

    Here comes the s*it................

      janine.cronje - 2011-12-29 14:39

      If only...

  • Comrade - 2011-12-29 14:02

    AND SO IT BEGINS!.....Where do i sign up!!!

      Tyron - 2011-12-29 15:13

      LET US HOPE THAT THE SAME HAPPENS AS HAS BEEN HAPPENING IN THE ARAB NATIONS. THESE DICTATORS SHOULD HAVE NO PUBLIC PLATFORM ANY LONGER. BRING DOWN ZANUPF! VIVA RHODESIA! IT WAS ONCE SUCH A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY!

  • chinelle.manning1 - 2011-12-29 14:15

    only material damage? they didn't try hard enough

      Wes - 2011-12-29 14:53

      Yes an unused rubbish bin got blown up

      roger.pacey - 2011-12-29 18:48

      Material damage would be consistent with an inside job.

      Kevin - 2011-12-29 22:00

      There is no rubbish in Zimbabwe they dont have enough to throw anything away.

  • SergeD69 - 2011-12-29 14:15

    Pity that the peace loving Zimbabweans must resort to violence. But it is about time that the Zimbabweans take charge of their own future. The world and South Africa has failed the Zimbabwean people! Diplomacy and the brotherly hug-hug did not work to bring change.

  • Humble - 2011-12-29 14:16

    "We are still investigating the cause of the explosion" while the corrupt ruling party says "an act of aggression by our enemies, especially the MDC," hahahahaha, sounds like the ANC blaming apartheid :) pity Mugabe wasnt close by at the time... i mean ON TOP OF IT!

  • charleshenryb - 2011-12-29 14:36

    Has the Zimbabwe Spring arrived?

      Beetroot - 2011-12-29 18:12

      yes, 30 years too late!!

      Kevin - 2011-12-29 22:01

      Hopefully

  • Shirley - 2011-12-29 14:43

    Bad timing-should of happened when ol Bob was in the building! Could of been Grace passing a wind after all the Christmas eating,after all she always blows hot air!

  • Senzo - 2011-12-29 14:52

    can be anybody

      mad.padda - 2011-12-29 17:58

      Even Lovemore Sibanda

      Beetroot - 2011-12-29 18:49

      No padda bra... I saw Lovemore at the Kentucky in Messina. He was buying a streetwise combo 2 with his visa that he got at Beitbridge.

  • bartosz.solodkowski - 2011-12-29 14:56

    It's a start

  • Irma - 2011-12-29 15:55

    No one was injured... what a pity...

  • Chaapo - 2011-12-29 15:58

    Should have hit the Shake-Shake house.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-29 16:25

    @ Damian, your education does not serve any purpose if educated Zimbabweans cannot find practical solution for Zimbabwe crisis. The only solution you can find is to elope to SA.

      Beetroot - 2011-12-29 18:25

      Tshivi - I agree, there is not much point becoming a rocket scientist if there is no space. Zimbabwe is the land of down, despair, depression, dictatorship and democracy in space.

      Jason Morgan - 2011-12-29 21:59

      You're absolutely 200% right tshivhombela Zimbabwean people are very ignorant especially the shona most of them I see them here in England defending that mugabe idiot who is killing and toturing innocent civilians they have become a nation of asylum seekers not only in south Africa. But worldwide if that stupid damian is educated why can't he find a solution to free millions of men and women in Zimbabwe from a dictatorship ruling by mugabe. Mr zuma should deported this shona's back to their homeland. And it will reduce the statistics of crime in south Africa becaz nigerians and Zimbabweans are the real cause of high crime rate in south africa.

      Peter - 2011-12-30 01:17

      @Jason Morgan...i think u have gone too far man. I am a shona and i have lived in England before...not all Zimbabweans are asylum seekers { only 20% and UK does not tolerate asylum claims.} and not all Shonas support Mugabe.I don't think a Canadian have such an in depth knowledge to know who is who among the black communities in England...so u must be a Ndebele yourself and in fact you are a Zimbabwean....shame on you.I respect all the views of people who commented here to discredit the claims of a deplorable regime however i would not be very happy if this goes into tribal insults and false claims which will further cause problems.Those who claim asylum anywhere in the world should be protected simple and we have protected those who deserve protection.

      Peter - 2011-12-30 01:37

      @Tshivhombela Fhatuwani -and what is your solution to south Africa which is falling like a meteorite from space ???...What amaze me is you are not falling because of war or conflict but due to incompetency and lack of skills.At least we might be educated fools but we are able to escape danger and flee to nations worldwide until time when the regime comes to an end and we are only a nation of 11 million.Whereas with RSA ,30 millions of your people cant escape poverty now when times are good...what more when times are bad..it will be another Sudan in a once civilised world. ??...Please go and help your people instead of commenting your venom against Zimbabweans every nano second. Your points might be right but they aren't helpful to anyone apart from you who is paid for it.

      Peter - 2011-12-30 01:54

      @Tshivhombela Fhatuwani .... have u seen something?.U are the odd one out in this portal. Are u South African yourself...really really??..really really really??...i have my doubt and i am sure your heart agrees with me.

      Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-30 07:41

      @ Peter, you sound very ignorant. Iam a S. African and I don't need your approval to be a South African. You seem to know educated Zimbabweans only and I know many who are not educated. I am still very surprised if all Zimbabweans have to be assylum seekers instead of resolving their own problems. Peter, you are thousands miles away and you read most of things you refer to when I have first person point of view. Comparing Zim population with ours sounds bizzare as Zimbabwe is smaller than Northern Cape. In reference to lack of skills and competence, there are skilled and competent people in SA, political deployment, nepotism and corruption are major factors in SA. There is no war or conflict in Zim as you may put it, socio-economic crisis is a major push factor. Unlike you, I will never run away from SA because of economic and political instability as there is no country called 'Assylum' waiting for me elsewhere. Yes, SA is falling apart but running away can't solve any problem as being a refugee comes with a huge price. I will never protect politicians who are stealing from people like you are. If you think seeking assylum is a long term solution then you must be dreaming. Calling someone odd because he has different view from yours makes me associate you with Mugabe's political attitude. Peter, you still sound bitter like a long distance lover trying to figure out what the wife might be doing back home.

      Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-30 07:41

      @ Peter, you sound very ignorant. Iam a S. African and I don't need your approval to be a South African. You seem to know educated Zimbabweans only and I know many who are not educated. I am still very surprised if all Zimbabweans have to be assylum seekers instead of resolving their own problems. Peter, you are thousands miles away and you read most of things you refer to when I have first person point of view. Comparing Zim population with ours sounds bizzare as Zimbabwe is smaller than Northern Cape. In reference to lack of skills and competence, there are skilled and competent people in SA, political deployment, nepotism and corruption are major factors in SA. There is no war or conflict in Zim as you may put it, socio-economic crisis is a major push factor. Unlike you, I will never run away from SA because of economic and political instability as there is no country called 'Assylum' waiting for me elsewhere. Yes, SA is falling apart but running away can't solve any problem as being a refugee comes with a huge price. I will never protect politicians who are stealing from people like you are. If you think seeking assylum is a long term solution then you must be dreaming. Calling someone odd because he has different view from yours makes me associate you with Mugabe's political attitude. Peter, you still sound bitter like a long distance lover trying to figure out what the wife might be doing back home.

      Peter - 2011-12-30 16:41

      @Tshivhombela Fhatuwani....'u dont need my approval to be south African'..exactly.. so are thousands of others like you who entered south Africa trying to make a living like yourself . As far as i know a quarter of black people calling themselves south African now are not originally from south Africa and that include you as well...just look at your location and it shows a new population and its highly likely that you are a Tswane from the borders of Botswana or Zimbabwe border who moved further down when apartheid ended and now call themselves south Africans..Its highly ignorant of you to think that all Zimbabweans are asylum..please inquire for yourself immigration statistics in the EU are available for the public to see and if you were smarter u would not need me to tell you that. For your own information i moved to EU on an innovator talent visa and one of the if not the only African to get that out of the 119 which were ever issued...and i am very grateful for that.Instead of wasting my time blogging here...i shall now continue my work writing complex algorithms for next generation actuarial software for a client. I hope you do well in your blogging in 2012 as this seems to be your career and i would like to advice u to go and confront the ANC directly rather than blogging your anger here...u wont change anything.

      Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-30 17:55

      Then everything that you told me does not make any impact to my life Baba. I hope you never left behind your extended family. The status of your passport or what you do for a living does not do anything to my life. I told you I am a S. African not by ID but by birth right and if you think I don't deserve to be a S. African then you can allocate my nationality. Let me just assume that you don't know anything about SA apart from what you read on the net. You can't let me the world through your EU spectacles, it's me who knows it and feels it.

      Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-30 18:01

      Then everything that you told me does not make any impact to my life Baba. Your career is very much personal and irrelevant. Blogging seems to be your other career as well. I hope you never left behind your extended family in Zim. The status of your passport or what you do for a living does not do anything to my life. I told you I am a S. African not by ID but by birth right and if you think I don't deserve to be a S. African then you can allocate my nationality. Let me just assume that you don't know anything about SA apart from what you read on the net. I don't need your advice and you better advice your relatives back in Zim. You can't let me see the world through your EU spectacles, it's me who knows it and feels it.

      Jason Morgan - 2011-12-30 19:09

      @tshivhombela don't waste your energy and time on that moron called by the name of peter.Zimbabwe has collapsed becaz the ruling party members have got same mentality as that peter guy. He doesn't even know that venda is part of south Africa. Can't you see how limited his vocabulary is.

  • acsteyn - 2011-12-29 16:30

    Oh! No! and bob was not even there. They got new year celebrations on the wrong date. gee bob show up next time, please?

  • Sad Sack - 2011-12-29 16:58

    So let the games begin!!!! Run Bob Run................!!!!!!!

  • legadimal - 2011-12-29 17:59

    Once in a lifetime Mugabe is on the receiving end. He will be blaming the ussual suspects - MDC, USA, UK - WHATEVER.

      Beetroot - 2011-12-29 18:14

      CIA, MI6, CNA, SABC, ACDC....

  • Power - 2011-12-29 18:33

    Mugabe, if you can read : read Egypt, Libia,etc. You have oppressed your people long enough. It is now your own people turning against you. Have a nice day !!

      Beetroot - 2011-12-29 18:46

      He hates reading! The colonialists brought that into Africa. It's such an insult to our modern prosperous Africa. They should ban it and go back to smoke signals. Hang on, that was the red indians. WTF was the news spreader then? I am confused. Grade 6 was the best 3 years of my life.

  • Perfume5 - 2011-12-29 18:54

    A clear warning lmao!!!

  • mccooll24 - 2011-12-29 19:53

    It was planted by ZANU PF in order to win the sympathy vote. How disgusting.

  • Kelvin Chinyemba - 2011-12-29 20:52

    Why destroying property, people must grow up and think like adults.

  • anthony.swart - 2011-12-29 22:11

    Zanu-PF Insurance scam, Muggie needs new boots

  • Brian - 2011-12-29 22:19

    So sad to see so many bigoted , racist, comments from white S. Africans supporting a terrorist act. White S. Africans can forget about Rhodesia, you had your chance to help your white brothers , and what did you do, you betrayed them, so as to buy yourselves more time before the Zionist , Solvo, Krassils , came knocking a your door to tell you , your time is up. Along they were planning and coniving to overthrow the Apartheid regime , the English and the Afrikaners were sleeping, thinking it would never happen to their white paradise. Now you are paying the price for sleeping , whilst the Zionist planned your demise , whilst you were in denial, and the white poulation is in terminal decline you blame people like the African Liberation hero Mugabe. I remember once having a chat with a old Zionist in Johannesburg (Yeoville 1981), he told me Yeoville, Berea, Hillbrow, and many other fine Johannesburg suburbs would be non white within a decade. How near right he was, I asked him how sure he was and he told me that it was common knowledge amongst the Zionist, and the word was out to sell their property portfoilos in those areas into unsupecting buyers hands. The white had the chance to create a white homeland , and those who advocated such were mocked and laughed at, not laughing at them now, but its to late. The black is smarter than your racist privlaged education taught you to think of him as stupid,so get over it , the good old days are gone, forever.

      Peter - 2011-12-30 00:16

      Talk about racism !! Your comments reek of it but I reckon you are still suffering from the anti apartheid syndrome If you love Mugabe so much why don't you move there !! We have 3 zimbabweans employed by us and they all hate Mugabe whom ruined their country He is nothing other than another dictator like Idi Amin with 2 brain cells Sorry make that 1 he gave his other 1 to Grace His own people voted him out , what a pity you and Mugabe weren't having tea (imported from England)in the office when it exploded !

      Jason Morgan - 2011-12-30 00:58

      Another mugabe's worshiper but he's commenting in exile as an asylum seeker its a pity isn't it?.

      Peter - 2011-12-30 02:56

      @Jason Morgan..your comments are very annoying and in fact you are the failed assylum seeker yorself altho i would not want to mention it here because my duty is to respect all people especially Zimbabweans who need protection.The comment above is very much what we need to focus on to understand the real cause of problems in southern africa which are far beyond many people's understanding and local politicians have no control over...the above comment is in fact a highly factual analysis i have read on this portal...only ignorant fools discredit that...and this has nothing to do with supporting Mugabe.

      rod.buchan - 2011-12-30 06:44

      i get the impresion your a D--ck head Brian.But you dont have to confirm it.

      Beetroot - 2011-12-30 08:30

      Brian, is that not a colonialists name? Surely your real name must be Sipho, or Shadrak maybe even that anti colonialist Robert?? You proudly comment on Yeoville, Berea and Hillbrow losing its white occupants? Have you seen the dumps today. Looks worse than Haiti. Your comments confirm that you are the epitomy of a racist that lives in his own demise. I honestly think you are a waste of time contributing your backward views on a country that needs the whites to advocate domestic growth. Stop clinging onto 1980 liberation idealogy and live your life with dignity and respect. One day you will just be a forgotten miserable racist that contributed to nothing. Get a life dude!

  • cornelius.ncube2 - 2011-12-29 22:35

    Well its another Zanu pf tactics to put the blame squarely on MDC,but now Zimbabweans wont be fooled by this minority power hungry party.Zanu must accept that the dominance is over.just an idiot forgot to switch off the stove.no bomb please zanu dont point fingures.

  • Steyn - 2011-12-29 23:32

    The sad part is that they missed Bob,... ...again...!

  • Butch - 2011-12-30 11:14

    Bob , it's not the MDC - it's your CAH that are now coming home to roost, which shall lead you the same path as ghadaffi, assad ,mubarak.

  • Adrian - 2011-12-30 11:42

    Bob's up to his tricks again, fooling the voters into believing his enemies are trying to blow him up. And they will be fooled again.

  • Perfume5 - 2011-12-30 12:37

    Hmmmmmm comments are being deleted again, has the Secrecy Bill come into being already!!!!!!

  • Nakita - 2012-01-06 14:28

    @ubhejane - you say "We are taking care of all the sane Zimbabweans any way so the ones left there supporting him must simply starve to death. No sympathy for them." Have you maybe not thought of the people who are to afraid to leave or dont want to leave because they still love the country and not its leaders? My granparents still live there not because they support the twat but because they have lived there their whole lives. Howver even if they did want to leave they would loose everything they have worked to hard to gain... they have been informed that if they leave the country for more than 4 days the government will automatically taker over their farm and bank account. a wise man once said... "think before you speak"

  • STOPCORRUPTION - 2012-01-16 15:14

    It gross corruption on the part of Zanu PF the only party that brags to have degrees in violence to suggest that the democratic MDC part can do such an act. This is an attempt to target certain infuencial opposition elements within the MDC blaming them for this act as we move towards elections either this yr or in 2013. They Zanu PF are the only party in the country with arms of war, this is now a known common strategy.

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