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Bombing of Provincial Office of Zimbabwe's ZANU-PF Triggers Speculation

  • Taurai Shava

Spokesman James Tsuro of the Movement for Democratic Change of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai dismissed speculation that members of his party caused the blast, saying the MDC has no reason to turn to violence

Zimbabwe police said Thursday that their investigation continued into Wednesday morning’s bombing of the ZANU-PF Midlands provincial headquarters in Gweru.

The blast shattered windows of the offices on the ground floor of the Development House office building. No injuries were reported.

Also in Development House are the offices of the law and order section of the Zimbabwe Republic Police in Gweru and those of the Central Intelligence Organization.

Spokesman James Tsuro of the Movement for Democratic Change formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai dismissed speculation that members of his party caused the blast, saying his party would have no reason to engage in such an activity.

The blast has also triggered speculation that it either reflects infighting within ZANU-PF or is act of provocation by state security agents seeking to provide justification for a crackdown on opponents of ZANU-PF and President Robert Mugabe.

Political analyst Charles Mangongera questioned why anyone would want to attack the Midlands provincial office of ZANU-PF, saying the bombings suggest that ZANU-PF has something up its sleeve to use against the former opposition MDC.

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