Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has accused a political faction linked to former first lady Grace Mugabe of attempts against his life.
The former ally of ousted President Robert Mugabe said he suspected the G40 group, which supported Grace Mugabe for the presidency, had carried out the attack.
Two people died and more than 40 were hurt in an explosion near Mr Mnangagwa at a rally in Bulawayo on Saturday.
Widespread suspicion that Mrs Mugabe intended to succeed her husband as the country’s leader was a contributing factor to the political transition, and the army’s involvement in it.
Mr Mnangagwa however did not directly accuse Mrs Mugabe of being involved in the attempt on his life.
“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,” he said.
Mr Mnangagwa, then vice-president, and Mrs Mugabe were the two main candidates to succeed the ageing Robert Mugabe as president. The faction supporting Mrs Mugabe was known as Generation 40 or G40.
Mnangagwa described Mrs Mugabe as someone who had frequently insulted him in the past. “On what basis would I trust someone who was used by a cabal to say things that had no basis,” he said.
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