I will block FDI: Chamisa

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his rival Nelson Chamisa held final election rallies on Saturday and both vowed to rebuild an economy shattered by Robert Mugabe's long rule.

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe has emerged to address the nation hours before Monday's historic election, declaring: 'I will not vote for those who have illegally taken power'. He was linked to bloody and divisive policies for decades as a confidant of the 94-year-old Mugabe, who ruled from independence from white minority rule in 1980 until his resignation after a military takeover in November.

He said he would rather make a choice among the 22 presidential candidates vying for election‚ but went on to hint that those candidates‚ who had not made an impact in rallies‚ were not worth his vote.

There have been reports of intimidation and coercion, and state media is accused of being biased toward the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF).

Addressing thousands of supporters at Chipadze Stadium in Bindura yesterday, Chamisa alluded that Mugabe chose him out of the entire 23 presidential candidates in Monday's polls.

He said he has not met Chamisa, but hopes to meet him if he wins. "I have nothing to do with what [former] president [Robert] Mugabe would want to say as a voter, he's a citizen". "Let us all pray that tomorrow brings us good news". What began with optimism crumbled into repression of the opposition, alleged vote-rigging, violent land seizures from white farmers and years of worldwide sanctions. Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe confidante, has tried to recast himself as a voice for reform, inviting back Western dozens of election observers and pledging a free and fair vote. Chamisa's press conference on Sunday was totally overshadowed by Mugabe's. And in a breathtaking statement, he asserted that his long stay in office had been free from meddling: "It was not the army that ensured I remained in power".

"I can not vote for those who tormented me". He says he resigned to avoid "bloodshed".

"The abuse that people have been subjected to should not continue to be tolerated because then that would be, by interpretation, cowardice", said Chamisa, who has drawn large crowds with his fiery speeches that draw on his work as a pastor and lawyer. The military and ZANU-PF have always been closely linked, with generals often becoming ministers and a heavy army presence deployed at polling booths in previous elections.

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