On the eve of Zimbabwe’s first election since he was forced out of power, former President Robert Mugabe said he will not vote for his successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa of the ZANU-PF.
“I cannot vote for those who have tormented me. I can’t,” the 94-year-old said on Sunday in his first live appearance since being pushed out of power by a military intervention in November 2017.
“I can’t vote for ZANU-PF. I can’t vote for those in power. I can’t vote for those who brought me into this state,” said Mugabe, who spent 37 years in office.
“I will make my choice among the other 22 presidential candidates,” he said.
Pressed by the gathered reporters on who he will vote for on Monday, Mugabe said Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) was the only viable option on the ballot.
Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe’s current president and leader of the ruling ZANU-PF party, was a close aide of Mugabe and a former vice president. He was fired days before the army’s intervention after he fell out with first lady Grace Mugabe.