Zimbabwe's Mugabe hopes his former party will lose election

Robert Mugabe: I won't vote for Zanu-PF in Zimbabwe election

"We can no longer believe that his intentions are to transform Zimbabwe and rebuild our nation", the president said.

Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, who was ousted by the military last November, made a surprise intervention Sunday on the eve of key elections, calling for voters to throw his old party out of office.

"The army-run Zanu PF is bent on dividing Matabeleland", he wrote.

President Mnangagwa said tomorrow's elections is another an opportunity for Zimbabweans to be heard again following last year's events in November and that love peace and unity should continue to prevail for both winners and losers as the people are brothers and sisters united by the same flag and anthem.

Robert Mugabe says he was also told that he was entitled to two houses at a resort but claims government has refused to pay him for those residences. "I was regarded now as an enemy but if the coup was to protect me how come I'm treated now as an opponent", he said.

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

Robert Mugabe: I won't vote for Zanu-PF in Zimbabwe election

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. "He [Chamisa] seems to be doing well at his rallies ..."

"Matebeleland can not afford to throw away the presidential vote by allowing its vote to be divided by [President Emmerson] Mnangagwa through his sponsored candidates".

Mr Mnangagwa has outspent Mr Chamisa on the campaign trail, buying all-terrain double cab vehicles for more than 300 ZANU-PF parliamentary candidates.

"Today we unlock the potential of our beloved homeland to build a new Zimbabwe for all", he said, repeating his promise of economic revival.

Chamisa is also due to give a press conference later Sunday.

The winning candidate must secure more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a run-off in September.

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