Robert Mugabe rejects ruling party in Zimbabwe election

Robert Mugabe rejects ruling party in Zimbabwe election

Robert Mugabe rejects ruling party in Zimbabwe election

Deposed Zimbabwean leader, nonagenarian Robert Mugabe (94), on Sunday said he cannot vote for those "who have tormented me".

"I hope the choice of voting tomorrow will throw, thrust away the military government and bring us back to constitutionality", said a frail-looking Mugabe, 94, in a rambling off-the-cuff speech that lasted nearly an hour.

The former leader said the military's intervention in November was wrong, adding that the country of 16 million has become less democratic since his removal from power.

Addressing thousands of supporters at Chipadze Stadium in Bindura yesterday, Chamisa alluded that Mugabe chose him out of the entire 23 presidential candidates in Monday's polls.

Chamisa believes Zimbabweans will be doomed for life if the ruling party's President Emmerson Mnangagwa wins the vote. "Whoever wins‚ and if he does‚ we wish him well".

Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has decried what he says is unfair treatment from the country's government, claiming he hasn't been paid all the pension money he is entitled to after resigning.

The 94-year-old veteran politician, vowed he will not vote for people who have "tormented" him.

While Mugabe, who has largely remained quiet in his Harare home since leaving power, is speaking of the past, Zimbabweans are already impatient for the future - and Monday's vote. He said he resigned "to avoid bloodshed" and "to avoid conflict between the army and the people". Mugabe said: "What is there, is just Chamisa".

Mnangagwa, 75, who promises a fresh start for the country, is the front-runner with the advantage of covert military support, a loyal state media and a ruling party that controls government resources. Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe confidante, has tried to recast himself as a voice for reform, inviting back Western dozens of election observers and pledging a free and fair vote.

"If Mugabe is able to go to my inauguration that is good news", Chamisa said in response to Mugabe's remarks.

Chamisa is Zimbabwe's youngest ever presidential candidate.

A run-off will be held in September if neither candidate wins outright.

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