Bulawayo bombing: Minister loses breast

HARARE - ZANU PF national chairperson Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri has been airlifted to South Africa for reconstruction surgery after her breast was ripped off when an explosion rocked an election campaign rally addressed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Bulawayo last Saturday.

Vice President Kembo Mohadi was also airlifted to the neighbouring country a day earlier —Tuesday — after he was also injured in the bomb blast.

Mohadi and the Environment, Climate and Water minister were among 49 people injured at the rally, the first of a whistle-stop tour by 75-year-old Mnangagwa in his electoral campaign for key presidential, parliamentary, municipal elections on July 30.

They were rushed to the Catholic-run Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo and then evacuated to Manyame Airbase Hospital along with other VVIPs who sustained injuries during the explosion, in which Mnangagwa was lucky to escape unhurt.

While it is being officially reported that Muchinguri-Kashiri sustained injuries to her chest, the Daily News can exclusively report that the 59-year-old top Zanu PF official actually got one of her breasts ripped off.

“It’s actually the breast not chest,” a senior authoritative establishment official told the Daily News, while revealing she was airlifted to South Africa on Wednesday. “It’s not a small matter. Mai Muchinguri is in shock and in bad shape.”

David Parirenyatwa, the Health and Child Care minister, confirmed yesterday that she sustained injuries to her breast, but downplayed her condition.

“She had a penetrating injury, lacerations of her left breast. She is in good condition,” Parirenyatwa told the Daily News.

Asked why she was airlifted to South Africa if she did not have potentially life-changing injuries, he said: “She may have gone for further assessment by her own doctors.”

The Daily News understands that Muchinguri-Kashiri was due to undergo complex orthopaedic, and burn reconstructive surgery at a South Africa hospital, and will also receive psychological care and counselling during her stay.

Physical ailments can seriously affect mental health, experts say.

In the wake of the bombing, there are searing images emerging giving a shocking reminder of the brutality and heart-breaking consequences of the attack.

The Daily News understands that Mohadi was airlifted to South Africa on Tuesday. He was part of the injured VVIPs who were first rushed to Mater Dei Hospital before being evacuated to Manyame Hospital.

A facility situated in Harare, Manyame Hospital is the principal air force establishment, providing facilities for aircraft squadrons of differing roles, training schools for technicians, staff and academic training and security dog handlers.

While Mohadi — who sustained leg injuries in the bombing — was said to be in a stable condition, physicians were reportedly having problems managing his hard-to-control hypertension, colloquially called “blood pressure” or BP in Zimbabwe and to administer a treatment regimen that does not raise cardiovascular risks.

“Yes, the injuries are significant and our real worry is that he has blood pressure, and that makes interventions quite problematic but we hope all will come right.

“The amazing thing is he was joking about his own condition,” a senior official who visited the VP in hospital told the Daily News.

A bodyguard for Marry Chiwenga, the wife of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, was also said to be in critical condition, with shrapnel almost disembowelling her stomach.

Marry has since been discharged from hospital, together with Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Zanu PF women’s league boss Mabel Chinomona, who sustained “a lot of lacerations”.  

Zanu PF national political commissar, Retired Lt General Engelbert Rugeje, has also been discharged from hospital.

“Rugeje, a typical soldier, had a medical procedure done on him and the shrapnel was removed from his left arm,” the top official with access to military facilities said.

The shrapnel might come in handy during the investigations as ballistics experts are capable of knowing just by looking at that piece of metal which country it is coming from, the nature of the device, and who would have normally had such materials.

Two people succumbed to their injuries on Monday. 

Health officials are warning the death toll could rise because some of the wounded are in critical condition.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing, but Mnangagwa has claimed a Zanu PF cabal purged in the military coup linked to the wife of his predecessor Robert Mugabe masterminded the attack although investigations are still underway.

The investigation into the White City Stadium atrocity has continued apace as security agencies swooped on the scene of the crime although no arrests have been reported by police.

General election campaigning has got back underway nationally, with all parties continuing campaigning for the July 30 national contest.

Comments (34)

They airlift each other to foreign countries for expert medical care nekuti yavo kumba they ruined it. What about the pawns, the supporters?

Moe Syslack - 29 June 2018

Moe Syslack if you have nothing to say - why not just keep quiet. South Africa has better medical facilities and experts to attend to those injured in that dastardly act. Even Tsvangirai passed on while getting treated in South Africa (with the Zanu PF led govt. footing the bill). Our nation needs to forgive and unite to move forward.

Daniel 5 - 29 June 2018

i wish her and all the other victims a speedy recovery.. God is in it

Riot263 - 29 June 2018

We should vote for the peaceful ones.We thank God she is still alive the nation still needs her.

Dombo - 29 June 2018

zvakaoma veduwe, political violence should be strongly condemned by every progressive Zimbabwean.. i hope she recovers soon.

Hondo Zvenyika - 29 June 2018

Get well soon amai

madikizela - 29 June 2018

then it shows kuti zviya zvekuti Zanu Pf yanga yakazvironga inhema ka. Munhu angazvisacrifiser zvakadai?

Django Django - 29 June 2018

lets all embrace the new Dispensation in good faith. i wish the victims recover soon and be able to vote resoundingly for ED

Hope - 29 June 2018

Shes a strong Cde and a good mother... it shall be well with her, lets all votED in peace

Aladin Aladin - 29 June 2018

They hate ED and his crew for doing the right things. Let us all fight the enemy and protect our future through voting the people who are capable of delivering.

Grace Moyo - 29 June 2018

sad news about the operation but zvisinei we have your back

kokerai chisvo - 29 June 2018

The culprits must be uphendled and shamefully paraded in the streets of Zimbabwe. Get well soon Cde Oppah

Virus Vigoroso - 29 June 2018

This s not good. I love the MDC with my life but if this happens to be the works of it as some grape vines have it,i will do the right thing thing and put my X to ED.

Chamisa Neria - 29 June 2018

we are praying for you day and night all will be well

kamba - 29 June 2018

Semaonero anguwo hangu nhubu yakaita izvi yaida kuti Zimbabwe iparare nekutibvisirawo mutungamiriri kwaye. Ngatipinzei vaMnangagwa muoffice nyika yedu inake.

Dombo Rakaomarara - 29 June 2018

porai amai

cde masango - 29 June 2018

get well soon amai na vp

cde white - 29 June 2018

we wish her a speed recovery such that she will witness the victory of the part on 30 july

Dzimbabwe - 29 June 2018

ko chitauraika kuty gamba redu CDE Tongo ndiyani akamuisa nyere nhai aambuya,

okoniaj - 29 June 2018

very sorry for our cader, may the lord be with her.

blade - 29 June 2018

that's a sorry situation for our cader

dombo - 29 June 2018

its so sad, the devil should not use enemies of progress to promote violence like that

panda - 29 June 2018

get well soon mom love you

tinokunda - 29 June 2018

zvinorwadza, asi zvisinei musangano uchangohwina musi wa 30 july

april tafi - 29 June 2018

mwari ponesai cd oppa

flame - 29 June 2018

ummm thank God havana kufa mwari variko

zvichapera - 29 June 2018

tovada mai vedu ngavapore

murenga - 29 June 2018

dai akafa she has been involved in the deaths of too many people

josphat mugadzaweta - 29 June 2018

The hypocritical elite gets medical treatment in South Africa while the ordinary Zimbabweans have to put up with the substandard treatment in the local hospitals. How is this fair ? My regret is that the crocodile did no go floating belly up.

Ken Sharpe - 29 June 2018

If they keep flying to neighboring countries they will never see the need to address the problems with our very own health sector. I can't feel sorry for such people that have been the masters for our misery for the past 38yrs. Even those very supporters where were they going why are they supporting such people that do not care about them. If they cared about us the country would not be in the state it is. Come July I am voting these hypocrites out enough is enough

Bam Bam - 30 June 2018

dai Mwari vangotibatsira Zanu yaparara zvachose chose .yakatiurayira nyika mhuri zvese neupenyu hwedu.Chamisa anopinda chete hazvikoni nokuti zvina Mwari

patso - 30 June 2018

onlyy because of this barbaric behavior by the opposition, i pledge my vote to Zanu pf a peace loving party. a party of the people. Paamberi naED

kid marongorongo - 30 June 2018

ko kana muchiti zvinhu zviri right munyika why not kurapirwa muno munyika.

taffy kas - 6 July 2018

When personally affected by violence one sees a fear which shows everyone is human. I feel sorry for all victims of political violence everywhere on earth. Politicians must desist from even slogans that urge or encourage violence and this must start with Zanu PF - the most violent political party in Zimbabwe whose former leader proclaimed had "degrees of violence" and whose current president said not long ago that he's a trained killer. God is for all of us. No-one is bullet-proof.

Sagitarr - 6 July 2018

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