Mugabe: 'I can't vote for Zanu-PF' in Zimbabwe election

Cheryl Sanders
July 30, 2018

Mr Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe confidante, has tried to recast himself as a voice for reform, inviting back dozens of election observers and pledging a free and fair vote.

"I can not vote for those who have tormented me", the 94-year-old Mr. Mugabe, slouched behind a pile of microphones, said in a news conference at his home on the outskirts of the capital Harare.

Zanu-PF, very much playing second fiddle in the capital, as indeed in other big cities, has chosen the 64 000-seater National Sports Stadium, which it has struggled to fill in recent times. "I think it is just Chamisa".

An embittered Mugabe also mentioned that he will vote for Chamisa tomorrow and not his former Zanu Pf party. After he was sacked a year ago by Mugabe amid a ruling party feud, the military rallied behind him to help push Mugabe out.

Mugabe said Zimbabwe was no longer democratic and the country was under a military regime.

He said a lot of Zimbabweans were afraid and they were sending him messages to say so.

But voters have also mocked Mr Chamisa for being "too young" to pose any sort of threat to the current Prime Minister. "He is a citizen".

The lawyer and pastor emerged to lead the main opposition party after the death earlier this year of its leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who for years had been Mugabe's top challenger in elections.

The MDC has repeatedly raised allegations of a flawed electoral roll, ballot paper malpractice, voter intimidation and bias in the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

The press conference was aimed at "expressing his feelings on tomorrow's elections".

Voter turnout in the presidential elections are expected to be high, with one poll by Afrobarometer indicating 85 percent of people are expected to have their say.

Mnangagwa, who is accused of involvement in election violence and fraud under Mugabe, has vowed to hold a fair vote and invited in worldwide observers - including the previously-banned European Union team.

"Political parties will be winding their campaigns; the last day for public gatherings for campaigns is going to be on Saturday, which is 48 hours before the election day", he said.

They will be voting in presidential, parliamentary and local elections.

The winning candidate must secure more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a run-off in September.

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