There was an explosion at the venue where the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) led by Nelson Chamisa was having its rally this Sunday.
NewZimbabwe.com reports that the explosion occurred as Chamisa’s motorcade was about to enter Gadzema stadium in Chinhoyi.
The publication reports that suspected ZANU PF activists drove past the venue and detonated explosives sending panic among the gathered crowd.
The loud explosion shook the grounds.
Eyewitnesses said told NewZimbabwe.com that “a man in a silver car dropped ‘something’ and a few minutes later it exploded.”
Interim CCC national organiser Amos Chibaya calmed the potentially chaotic situation and told supporters that desperate Zanu-PF activists wanted to destabilise the party’s thank you rally.
The party was having its thank you rally after winning five out of the six local authority by-elections in Chinhoyi’s Ward 2, 3, 8, 12 and 14. Its candidates who won are Patricia Chibaya, Richard Vhitirinyu, Mukudzei Chigumbura, Dyke Makumbi and Chipo Mhlotswa romped to victory.
Th opposition party previously claimed that the ruling ZANU PF was afraid of losing the 2023 elections and was, therefore, resorting to violence to intimidate its supporters.
ZANU PF has in the past denied the allegations that it was assaulting CCC members.