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Mugabe says he will vote for the opposition in Monday's poll

Mugabe says he will vote for the opposition in Monday's poll

For former Zimbabwe leader, Robert Mugabe, it was payback time to President Emmerson Mnangagwa and other coup plotters in ZANU-PF who removed him from office last November, as he urged voters to reject them in Monday's election.

Mugabe spoke slowly but appeared in good health sitting in a blue-tiled pagoda set on a lawn outside the sprawling luxury mansion in the upmarket suburb of Harare.

Moyo, who fled Zimbabwe during the military takeover of government in November a year ago that forced former president Robert Mugabe to resign, has been pushing a pro-Chamisa campaign on social media for several weeks.

The 94-year-old ousted leader expressed support for Mnangagwa's main rival, Nelson Chamisa, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)-Zanu-PF's main opposition party-instead, referring to him as "the only viable candidate".

"I can not vote for those who have tormented me", Mugabe said, in a reference to Mnangagwa, who took office with the military's support.

The former student leader has won over many young and unemployed voters who are exhausted of the governing Zanu-PF. "Yes Chamisa seems to be doing better", he said. His longtime ally and former Vice President, Emerson Mnangagwa was chosen to complete his term as the electoral body organizes general elections.

Mr Mugabe added that, since he was forced from office past year, "the people of Zimbabwe have not been free".

The former first lady's political ambitions were beleived by many to be the catalyst for the army's decision to intervene in November. He called on supporters to "thrust away the military rule" of Mr Mnangagwa, whom he accused of...

This time around, ZEC has dismissed criticism that its new biometric voters' roll is riddled with errors, that the ballot paper illegally puts Mnangagwa's name at the top of a column, and that it is running the election opaquely.

As Zimbabwe's hectic politics reached fever pitch, Mnangagwa on Sunday claimed that Mugabe's remarks proved that Chamisa was in an alliance with Mugabe.

Mnangagwa, who is accused of involvement in election violence and fraud under Mugabe, has vowed to hold a fair vote and invited in global observers - including the previously-banned European Union team. We can no longer believe that his intentions are to transform Zimbabwe and rebuild our nation.

Chamisa is Zimbabwe's youngest ever presidential candidate.

But he has also vowed not to boycott the vote, saying his party would still win.

"If we miss this opportunity we will never have it again".

With 5.6 million registered voters, the results of the presidential, parliamentary and local elections are due by August 4. According to the law, if no candidate gets over 50% of votes, the top two enter a runoff scheduled for September 8th.