Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

MDC's Chamisa confident he will be Zimbabwe's next President

MDC's Chamisa confident he will be Zimbabwe's next President

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

The former first lady's political ambitions were beleived by many to be the catalyst for the army's decision to intervene in November.

"I was a fool to have him next to me", he said of Mnangagwa, whom he accused of conniving with the military chief to pull off a "coup".

"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 media briefings take place on the eve of historic elections in Zimbabwe.

President Mnangagwa, Mugabe's former ally in the ruling ZANU-PF party, faces opposition leader Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in a landmark vote for the southern African nation.

During the address, he also addresses rumors that he planned to have his wife, Grace Mugabe take over, calling them "utter nonsense".

When asked by the BBC's Fergal Keane if he would like to see Mr Chamisa gain power in Zimbabwe, Mr Mugabe, 94, indicated that he was the only viable candidate.

"I never thought (Mnangagwa) would be the man who turned against me", he added. "The more the merrier", Chamisa said in response to a question about Mugabe's endorsement.

In a rambling, one-hour speech on Sunday, he said: "I can't vote for ZANU-PF, what is left?"

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.

Nicknamed "the Crocodile" for his guerrilla activities during the war for liberation and for years Mugabe's enforcer, Mnangagwa has tried to cast himself as a reformer with pledges of a free and fair election after past votes were marred by violence and irregularities.

Mr Mugabe led the country for 37 years after independence from white minority rule in 1980.

Chamisa is Zimbabwe's youngest ever presidential candidate.

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