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Zimbabwe Votes But Robert Mugabe Still Influential

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Zimbabwe Votes But Robert Mugabe Still Influential

Zimbabweans are queuing at polling stations to cast their votes.

This is the first presidential election without Robert Mugabe who was a regular candidate since leading his country to Independence.

However, the tactical Mugabe who was ousted by his Generals is considered to be a major influential force in this election through his support of the opposition candidate Nelson Chamisa of MDC-Alliance (Movement for Democratic Change).

The current President Emmerson Mnangagwa says Zimbabweans have a choice today to vote for former President Robert Mugabe through Mr Nelson Chamisa or for a new Zimbabwe through President Mnangagwa.

Mugabe, 94, who was ousted by the military in November, made a surprise intervention on the eve of the elections, calling for voters to throw ZANU-PF out of office.

Chamisa, throughout his campaign, boasted of Mr Mugabe’s support.

The Mugabes and Chamisa have been long time business partners, with Chamisa’s trucks contracted to carry Gushungo Dairy products even during the heady days of fierce confrontation between zanu-pf and the MDC-T.

Gushungo Dairy is owned by Mugabe who is reported to have facilitated the funding of Chamisa’s campaign from a far east country in the final weeks culminating in the erection of billboards, state-of-the-art stages at rallies and radio and television advertisements.

In a message posted on his Facebook page hours after the Mugabe Press conference, President Mnangagwa said: “Now that it is clear to all that Chamisa has forged a deal with Mugabe, we can no longer believe that his intentions are to transform Zimbabwe and rebuild our nation.”

The message further reads that “The choice is clear you either vote for Mugabe under the guise of Chamisa or vote for a new Zimbabwe under my leadership and zanu-pf. Real change is coming. We should all be part of it. God bless Zimbabwe.”

“I cannot refuse a vote. I know that even if you refuse to vote for me, I have one vote from Mugabe,” said Mr Chamisa.

The unthinkable union between Messrs Chamisa and Mugabe came as a surprise to many.
Under Mr Morgan Tsvangirai, the MDC-T fiercely fought to depose Mr Mugabe.

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