Former Zanu-PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo has said that if the Bulawayo explosion had occured under the tenure of former president Robert Mugabe, many would have been arrested and tortured. Speaking to the South African publication, the Independent Online, Gumbo said,
If they knew who had done it they would have arrested them, but Mnangagwa has made it clear he believes that whoever did it was from the G40 faction in Zanu-PF. If Mugabe had been in power many would have been arrested and tortured, that was his style. So I am relieved that ED (Mnangagwa is known to many by his initials) after the incident says he plans to handle the matter as a criminal offence.
So far all is calm, and so far no one has been arrested and we do not yet know what type of explosion it was. ED says we will go on towards elections normally. We all hope this continues.
Mnangagwa has said that he believes that the attack was carried out by members of the G40 Faction. The president also said that he expects arrests anytime soon.