Zimbabwean police offer reward in hunt for suspects after Bulawayo rally blast

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Police are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects.

President Kenyatta offered his message of goodwill to the President and the people of Zimbabwe and termed the attack as an affront on democracy by misguided elements out to subvert the free will of the peace loving people of the Southern Africa nation.

Worldwide observers are in the country for the first time since 2002 and, if they endorse the conduct of the ballot, it could help Zimbabwe secure funding from global institutions for the first time in two decades.

Zimbabwe's presidential candidates are not normally provided with security by the government.

Mr. Mnangagwa said he was the target of the attack, which also injured Vice-Presidents Kembo Mohadi and Constantino Chiwenga, and which the state media is describing as an assassination attempt.

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A blast that narrowly missed Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa at a weekend rally in Bulawayo has claimed its first fatality, a state-run radio station reported Monday.

Those policies were cornerstones of Mugabe's near four-decade rule, but the ruling ZANU-PF says Zimbabwe is at a critical stage of its transition and needs an experienced hand like Mnangagwa at the tiller. The blast occurred at White City Stadium in Bulawayo. He has openly joked about them at rallies. He added: "I can assure you these are my normal enemies".

Mnangagwa even pledged that the attack would not derail what has been a largely peaceful election campaign so far, adding elections would go ahead on July 30 as scheduled.

The main competition will be between Mnangagwa and the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change's leader, 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa. Unlike the past elections that were marked by killings, internal displacements, destruction of property and systematic intimidation of mainly opposition activists, this time around the country's politics had taken a somewhat mature route - allowing for all political actors to freely solicit for votes even in the so-called "no-go areas" without fear.

A total of 23 presidential candidates have registered to contest the poll.

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