Mugabe will not vote for ZANU PF

30 July, 2018, 02:14 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe looks on during a press conference at his private residence nicknamed

Mugabe said at his Blue Roof private residence he never ever attempted to surrender power to his wife, Grace but had identified then Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi as his successor. "I will make my choice among the other 22 [candidates]".

Mr Mugabe, who was forced out of power last November, vowed to support MDC's Nelson Chamisa, 40, instead of his Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party successor Emmerson Mnangagwa.

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

Mr Mugabe was ousted in November by the military and would later be deposed as leader of the ruling ZANU PF, leading to his resignation as President of the Southern Africa nation, having ruled it for almost 37 years. "I wish to meet him, if he wins", he said.

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The irony of such sentiments coming from Mugabe-who was in office for 30 long years-is not lost on Zimbabwean's who've been responding to the his statements on social media all morning.

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"The more the merrier", Chamisa said in response to a question about Mugabe's endorsement.

"The army-run Zanu PF is bent on dividing Matabeleland", he wrote. "He [Chamisa] seems to be doing well at his rallies ..." "I was regarded as an enemy, but how come that I am treated now as a nonentity, an opponent?"

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Zimbabwe's generals shocked the world previous year when they seized control and ushered Mnangagwa to power after Mugabe, 94, tried to position his wife Grace, 53, to be his successor.

Little separates the two men's policies but Mr Mnangagwa is 75 and represents the war generation that has ruled since independence in 1980, while Mr Chamisa, a 40-year-old lawyer, embodies the hopes of many young people.

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe has emerged to address the nation hours before Monday's historic election, declaring: 'I will not vote for those who have illegally taken power'.

The MDC has raised allegations of a flawed electoral roll, ballot paper malpractice, voter intimidation, bias in the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and free food handed out by the ruling party.

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