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Zimbabwean President blames Grace Mugabe faction for Bulawayo bombing

Grace Mugabe’s rivalry with President Mnangagwa has taken several bizarre turns, including an accusation of poisoning AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

A faction of Zimbabwe’s ruling party loyal to the former first lady Grace Mugabe has been blamed for a bombing that came within “inches” of killing the country’s new president.

Emmerson Mnangagwa said he suspected dissidents within his own Zanu-PF party linked to Robert Mugabe’s wife were behind an explosion at a rally he attended in Bulawayo last week. Two people died and more than 40 were injured in the blast inside a stadium as Mr Mnangagwa left the podium.

The 75-year-old, who replaced Mr Mugabe in a bloodless coup in November, told the BBC he believed the attack had been carried out by the G40 group — a faction within Zanu-PF that wanted Mrs Mugabe to succeed her husband.

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