The former president of Zimbabwe on Sunday called an unexpected press conference to “air his views” ahead of Monday’s crucial vote.
Key among other concerns Mugabe spoke about his desire that people will be allowed to vote in peace and freely. He reiterated his point about the events of November 2017 that led to his ouster being a coup masterminded by Mnangagwa and the former army chief now vice-president Constantino Chiwenga.
Mugabe hopes the election will usher in a new era of constitutionality and legality. Asked who he would vote for, Mugabe said he had a pool of twenty-two candidates to pick from – the twenty-third which he vowed never to vote for was Zanu-PF’s Mnangagwa.
“I said I can’t vote a party or those in power who are the people that have brought me to this state. I can’t vote for them. I have said the 2 women presidential candidates don’t offer very much. So, what is there? It’s just Chamisa,” he told journalists at his Blue Roof private residence in the capital, Harare.
Chamisa is leading the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change Alliance. Pre-election polls by the Afrobarometer group put him at 37%, just three percentage points behind Mnangagwa.
When asked how he felt about Mugabe’s declaration that he would vote for Chamisa, the MDC Alliance leader said: “I will accept any voter with a clear mind and a clean heart.
“I need every support. But this election is not about the past. it’s about the future”
Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa has responded to his former boss Robert Mugabe with barely hours to the July 30 presidential elections.
The president in a video message posted on Twitter said the main opposition chief, Nelson Chamisa, was in an alliance with the former president to kick Zanu-PF out of power.
In the video posted by Zanu-PF’s UK chairperson, Nick Mangwana, Mnangagwa said the election was a choice between himself and Mugabe, with Chamisa fronting for the ousted leader.
“Now it is clear to all that Chamisa has forged a deal with Mugabe. We can no longer believe that his intentions are to transform Zimbabwe and rebuild our nation.
“The choice is clear, you either vote for Mugabe under the guise of Chamisa or you vote for a New Zimbabwe under my leadership and Zanu-PF. Real change is coming. We should all be part of it. God bless Zimbabwe.”
Yes, that’s it! Elections mostly come with drama and sometimes tensions. At the moment there is peace and hope let’s brace ourselves for a fair election as Zimbabwean vote in their multitudes tomorrow. It is a historic election, it has new names on the playing field. All candidates represent hope. Let the nation decide.
Author: Staff Writer