Zanu PF Matabeleland South Province has strongly condemned a recent attempt to assassinate President Emmerson Mnangagwa at White City Stadium in Bulawayo, describing the act as cowardly and treacherous.

This came out during a party’s Matabeleland South Provincial Coordination Committee (PCC) meeting held in Gwanda this Wednesday.

The recent bomb blast at White City Stadium claimed the lives of two people and left 47 others injured including senior government and party officials.

The Zanu PF Matabeleland South provincial leadership has therefore joined peace loving Zimbabweans in condemning the unprecedented act of violence.

Zanu PF Matabeleland South Provincial Chairperson, Cde Rabelani Choene said it is disturbing that the attack comes at a time when the country is moving away from a culture of hate and intolerance that characterised the previous dispensation to a more united and peaceful society.

“As the Zanu PF PCC, we unreservedly condemn the dastardly, cowardly and criminal terrorist act against the life of our icon and party leader who is on record for preaching peace, harmony and forgiveness before, during and after the 2018 harmonised elections. The act stands to witness the existence of barbarians who do not believe in democratic means of changing leadership as enunciated not only in our party constitution but also in the Zimbabwean constitution,” he said.

The local leadership also commiserated with the people of Bulawayo, whose image has been tainted by this ‘unfortunate incident,’ given that Gwanda also experienced a similar situation when President Mnangagwa was poisoned in Gwanda last year.

Church leaders who also attended the meeting urged Zimbabweans to shun violence and heed calls for peace.

“As the church, we are not happy about what happened in Bulawayo. We are a peaceful country as such we condemn violence in the strongest terms,” said Reverend Rabson Mbedzi of the AFM Zimbabwe Church.

The gathering took time to pray for peace as the country heads for the July 30 polls and for the victims and families of those whose lives were claimed by the Saturday bomb blast.