Ousted leader Mugabe backs opposition on eve of Zimbabwe election

Mugabe said he has not met Chamisa and has never worked with him.

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

Mugabe said he was forced to resign last November at a time he had already planned to voluntarily step down at Zanu-PF's congress the following month and hand-over power to former defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi.

"I hope the choice of voting tomorrow will throw, thrust away the military government and bring us back to constitutionality", said a frail looking Mugabe, in a rambling off the cuff speech that lasted nearly an hour.

President Mnangagwa response to the Mugabe Chamisa Alliance.

In the letter titled Vote for Nelson Chamisa for Matabeleland To Have Good Hope, Again, After 38 Years of Fear, Moyo said tomorrow's election presented the region with the best chance to enjoy "independence". "I wish to meet him, if he wins", he said.

Mugabe described his November ousting as a coup, arguing that his rule was legitimate because he held elections every five years.

Chamisa now has the support of a coalition of parties including one backed by Mugabe and members of a youthful pro-Mugabe faction that was quickly purged from the ruling party and government when Mnangagwa took office.

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

But campaigning has been relatively unrestricted and peaceful compared with previous elections, and some analysts point to pressure for the vote to be judged credible to draw a line under the global isolation of the Mugabe era.

Who will win Zimbabwe election?

The latest polls suggest that a run-off between the main opposition leader Chamisa and Zanu PF's Emmerson Mnangagwa is a serious possibility.

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

"As we have always said the elections will be free, non-violent and credible".

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa arrives to address supporters gathered for his final campaign rally at a stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe, July 28, 2018.

They will be voting in presidential, parliamentary and local elections.



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