Zimbabwe's historic election: A look at the top candidates

Zimbabwe election

The former Zimbabwean president said he only resigned to avoid conflict and bloodshed and he did it for the people.

HarareZimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe has said he will not vote for his successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in Monday's general election.

Against a backdrop of a small lake on the grounds of his home‚ Mugabe denounced Zanu-PF‚ a party of which he is regarded as one of the founding fathers.

Writing on micro-blogging website Twitter, Mawarire said the nine soldiers who guarded Mugabe's Blue Roof residence in Borrowdale were removed.

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.

"Matebeleland can not afford to throw away the presidential vote by allowing its vote to be divided by [President Emmerson] Mnangagwa through his sponsored candidates".

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.

Robert Mugabe
Robert Mugabe said he will be voting for Zimbabwe's opposition in the election

Mnangagwa has asked the country to let bygones be bygones, but many recall his role as state security minister during the Matabeleland massacres in the 1980s when the army killed thousands of people as Mugabe moved against a political rival.

In a media briefing on Sunday, Chamisa said the elections were just a formality as he prepares for the inauguration after the elections.

Elections during Mr Mugabe's authoritarian rule were marred by fraud and violence, and this year's campaign has been dominated by accusations that the vote will be rigged.

"Today we unlock the potential of our beloved homeland to build a new Zimbabwe for all", he said, repeating his promise of economic revival.

Parliamentary and local elections will run alongside votes for the presidency.

Lawyer and pastor Mr Chaimsa, who is running as the country's youngest ever presidential candidate, has been in charge of the party since February 2017.

A run-off vote is scheduled for September 8 if no presidential candidate wins at least 50% in the first round.




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