Harare — Police said on Sunday that 49 people were hurt in the explosion at Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s weekend election rally, with the number expected to rise, but they were ''still searching for a motive''  for the blast. Mnangagwa came to power in November after a de facto army coup forced his longtime mentor Robert Mugabe to resign. Mugabe later said he felt betrayed by his former protege, calling his presidency illegal. Zimbabwe holds its first post-Mugabe election on July 30, with Mnangagwa, 75, and Nelson Chamisa, 40, the leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, the main contenders. National police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said police were pursuing leads on Saturday’s blast at a stadium in Bulawayo, the opposition heartland where Mnangagwa’s ruling Zanu-PF party has lost all national elections since 2000.

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, Morningstar financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.