Zimbabwe

I'll suffer heart failure if I lose - Mugabe

2013-07-29 14:03
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (File, AP)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (File, AP)

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Cape Town – President Robert Mugabe says he would suffer heart failure if the people of Harare and Bulawayo did not vote for him in the make-or-break elections set to be held on Wednesday, a News Day report said on Monday.

Addressing party supporters during his last campaign rally in Harare, Mugabe said: "Are we going to vote? Yes, but how are you going to vote? Harare, Harare, Harare, Bulawayo, Bulawayo, our big cities. Have we forgotten 2008?"

"Have we left behind 2008? I will be shocked. I will have heart failure if I hear Harare votes for MDC, a party with councillors who have caused trouble," Mugabe said.

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The upcoming elections are expected to end a shaky coalition government between Mugabe and his archrival Morgan Tsvangirai formed in 2009 following disputed elections in 2008.

Mugabe also warned Tsvangirai that he would be arrested if he claimed victory before official results were announced. This he said following Tsvangirai’s threats that he would not wait for official results from the electoral authorities.

According to newzimbabwe.com, Tsvangirai told his own Movement for Democratic Change supporters at the weekend that although Zanu-PF was trying to rig the elections, he expected an overwhelming victory and did not have to wait for the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

Mugabe said said Tsvangirai must follow the law.

"...what shocked me is that he said he was going to announce the results of the elections knowing that the law does not allow it. He says they can arrest me if they want. You want to announce the results you get from your people. That's madness. I have never heard anyone in Africa saying that. A whole Prime Minister saying he will break the law. Who gave you the job [to announce the results]?" Mugabe queried.

"There is a law and you can't go against the law. He who does that will be arrested. I can tell you in advance that if you breach the law and you become a lawbreaker, a lawbreaker is arrested and the police will arrest you."

For all Zimbabwe election stories please visit our Zimbabwe Special Report Page.

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