United Nations chief condemns explosion at political rallies in Zimbabwe and Ethiopia

The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has condemned explosions at political rallies in Zimbabwe and Ethiopia.An explosion, which took place at an election rally in Zimbabwe, not long after President Emmerson Mnangagwa left the stage after addressing the crowd, injured dozens, including senior politicians. President Mnangagwa, who also leads the ruling party, Zanu-PF, reportedly described the bombing in Bulawayo as an attempt on his life and appealed for peace and national unity ahead of elections due to take place on 30 July.

The Ethiopian leader was reportedly escorted from the major political rally in the capital, Addis Ababa, shortly after the blast, which resulted from a grenade being thrown into the crowd. In a statement released by his Spokesperson on Sunday, the UN chief said he was “disturbed” by news of the attack. The Secretary-General condemns such acts of violence and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice while wishing the injured a quick recovery.