Zim rally blast: 'Deal with internal squabbles peacefully', opposition tells Zanu-PF

2018-06-26 13:31
An injured man, wearing a bloodstained Zanu-PF shirt carrying the image of Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa, lays on a hospital bed in Bulawayo. (AFP)

An injured man, wearing a bloodstained Zanu-PF shirt carrying the image of Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa, lays on a hospital bed in Bulawayo. (AFP)

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Zimbabwean opposition parties have called on the ruling Zanu-PF to "deal with its internal squabbles peacefully", while condemnation over a suspected plot to kill President Emmerson Mnangagwa poured in from regional leaders.

This followed Saturday's explosion at a Zanu-PF campaign rally where Mnangagwa addressed his supporters.

According to NewsDay, although opposition parties condemned the blast, they also suggested that the attack was caused by internal Zanu-PF squabbles.

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) spokesperson, Kurauone Chihwayi said that the politics of the gun should not be used as an alternative in a healthy democracy. 

Chihwayi, however, suggested that the attack could have been a result of internal Zanu-PF conflict and called on the party to deal with its internal squabbles "peacefully" and avoid endangering the lives of the citizens.

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On the other hand, the Tendai Biti led People's Democratic Party (PDP) warned that Zanu-PF's internal squabbles were likely going to spill out ahead of the country's July 30 elections. 

"If we continue with the same violence that is within Zanu-PF, it will spill out and affect ordinary citizens. We therefore, urge Zanu PF and its leadership to deal with their internal issues peacefully without use of violence," PDP spokesperson Fortune Mlalazi was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, Namibian President Hage Geingob, who also is the Southern African Development Community's (SADC) deputy chairperson, said that "political violence" would not be tolerated in the region, according to the Chinese state-owned news agency, Xinhua.net.

Geingob said that only through a peaceful, fair and free election would a government be formed in Zimbabwe.

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