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Video: Robert Mugabe ‘Blesses’ Opposition’s Nelson Chamisa, Says He Can’t Vote Tormentor Mnangagwa of Zanu-PF

Mugabe: Chamisa is the Most Viable Candidate

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Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe on Sunday gave his blessing to opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance candidate Nelson Chamisa ahead of Monday’s election.

Mugabe spoke from his home in the capital, Harare, hours before the first election without him on the ballot paper for close to four decades.

Mugabe and wife Grace addressing reporters in Harare on Sunday. Courtesy Photo
Mugabe and wife Grace addressing reporters in Harare on Sunday. Courtesy Photo

Emmerson Mnangagwa, former Mugabe’s deputy, is in a tight race with Chamisa.

Although Mnangagwa is the official Zanu-PF candidate, Mugabe says he will not vote his immediate successor.

“I cannot vote for those who tormented me,” said Mugabe, referring to his ouster from power, last year, in a bloodless coup.

“I hope the choice of voting tomorrow will throw, thrust away the military government and bring us back to constitutionality.”

Until his ejection, Mugabe had been in power since 1980.

Mnangagwa is treating Mugabe’s statements as an alliance with Chamisa.

“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,” said Mnangagwa.

Mugabe said he was undecided on who to vote but describe Chamisa as the most “viable” candidate.

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