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Chinamasa, govt ministers go through humiliating body searches following rally blast

By Staff Reporter

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government is taking no chances in ensuring maximum security around himself following last Saturday’s fatal rally blast in Bulawayo with cabinet ministers now being subjected to humiliation body searches during functions presided over by the Zimbabwean leader.

A hand grenade presumably targeted at Mnangagwa soon after a Zanu PF star rally at White City Stadium left 2 dead and 47 injured.

Among high profile casualties were State and Zanu PF Vice President Kembo Mohadi and party national chair Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri.

The two have since been airlifted to South Africa for further treatment amid reports the blast ripped off Muchinguri-Kashiri’s breast.

Security forces have launched a full scale investigation into the “terrorist” act with journalists also visited for possible leads into the mystery.

A local weekly reported on Friday that the military was able to seize a male suspect moments after the blast but little has been placed before the public domain about his fate.

Following the incident, President Mnangagwa has since moved to try and beef up his security as his government is at pains to look for the real motive behind his attempted assassination.

This has seen ministers also being subjected to otherwise humiliating body searches at functions presided over by the State leader who has survived numerous assassination attempts during his long political life.

Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa is among top government ministers who were this week subjected to unprecedented frisking by security.

“TAKE NO PRISONERS!!!!.Finance Minister Chinamasa (AND OTHERS DIGNITARIES) being body searched by the security at the Hwange Hydro power expansion project’s ground breaking ceremony on Wednesday#NOTOVIOLENT2018ELECTIONS,” said photo journalist Philmon Bulawayo in a Facebook post he accompanied with this picture.

Gary Murambiwa
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