U.S Issues Travel Warning to Zimbabwe

Brian Nichols - New U.S Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe.

Harare: The United States has issued a travel warning to Zimbabwe citing heightened political tensions in the country ahead of the July 30 elections.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has urged calm in the country following an assassination attempt on his life after addressing a campaign rally last Saturday.

“Zimbabwe will hold general elections across the country on July 30, 2018. Due to heightened political tensions around the elections, acts of violence may occur at political rallies.

“If you decide to travel to Zimbabwe; carry a copy of your passport and visa and leave originals in your hotel safe. Stay away from political rallies, demonstrations, and crowds.

“Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans. Keep travel documents up to date and easily accessible,” the Embassy said in a travel alert.

Mnangagwa escaped unhurt after what experts think was a grenade was lobbed towards him when he left the podium, missing the President by inches.

His deputy Kembo Mohadi and minister Oppah Muchunguri-Kashiri were left nursing injuries, and have been airlifted to South Africa for further treatment.

Two security aides died.