Robert Mugabe who lives at his home in the Harare isn’t going to vote for any candidates on the parliamentary and local elections. On Sunday, the ex-president again said he had been “sacked” as part of a military coup and that he left office in order to “avoid conflict”. That is the main reason he won’t vote for those who ousted him from power, BBC said.
The former Zimbabwean leader Mugabe resigns in November 2017 after the military seizes control of the country and Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe confidante, becomes president. It will be the first time in almost four decades that an election is held where Robert Mugabe is not standing.
On Sunday, the 94-year-old said he could not vote for Zanu-PF, the party he headed for four decades until he was deposed in November, and indicated he would back the opposition MDC alliance instead.
“I hope the choice of voting tomorrow will throw, thrust away the military government and bring us back to constitutionality,”
Mr Mugabe said.
On Monday, more than five million Zimbabweans will go to the polls to vote in presidential, parliamentary and local elections. There are 23 candidates on the presidential ballot. The country is expecting a high turnout of first-time voters, where the youth vote is expected to be key. For modern Zimbabwe, it is a really unusual election when 43.5% of registered voters are under 35.
“Let tomorrow be the voice of the people to say never again shall we experience a period where the army is used to thrust one person into power,”
added Mugabe who ruled Zimbabwe for 38 years until was he deposed in a largely bloodless military coup in November following a power struggle between Grace Mugabe and Mr Mnangagwa, a former vice president and intelligence chief.