Zimbabwe’s Mugabe emerges, rejects Mnangagwa hours before historic election

The former president, slouched in his chair and often mumbling during the nearly two-hour long event, said Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance would instead get his vote in Zimbabwe's first general election since his resignation past year.

"I cannot vote for those who tormented me", Mr Mugabe said, hinting he could vote for MDC.

"He seems to be doing well, and if he is elected I wish him well", he said.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe's President and presidential candidate for the ZANU PF party, speaks during his last campaign rally at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, on July 28, 2018.

Mr Chamisa said his government will ensure that even animals were connected to the internet.

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"(President) Emmerson Mnangagwa has been saying Zimbabwe is open for business", he said.

President 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. But I am not selecting any votes.

"There's this misconception - and I must clear it once and for all - there is no room for Grace Mugabe in my cabinet".

Many in Zimbabwe knew no other leader but Mr Mugabe, who led the country for 37 years and since independence from white minority rule in 1980.

In an article published by the US Council on Foreign Relations titled Zimbabwe's Upcoming Election Is a Political Charade: Why the US Should Be Wary of Engaging Mnangagwa, Michelle Gavin and Todd Moss said after visiting the country, they were left convinced that Mnangagwa was "a big pretender".

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Mugabe described his November ousting as a coup, arguing that his rule was legitimate because he held elections every five years.

The MDC on Sunday again raised allegations of a flawed electoral roll, ballot paper malpractice, voter intimidation and bias in the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). Experts say the current election campaign has been the most peaceful for many decades.

He later implied that he would vote for Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change, or MDC, the only viable alternative.

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.

If Chamisa disputes the result or no one candidate gets more than 50 per cent and there is a runoff, there are fears of street protests and possible violence.

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