Zimbabwe elections - part 1

2013-07-31 07:00

See updates from earlier on Wednesday as millions of Zimbabweans head to the polls in a fiercely contested election.

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9:44 - I've no regrets, says Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says he has no regrets from his 33 years in charge of the southern African country, according to a report. Read more here.


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9:36 - Mugabe glad Lindiwe Zulu 'has learnt to zip her mouth': Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has praised President Jacob Zuma for silencing his envoy, Lindiwe Zulu. Read more here.


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8:54 - Zim Polls: Will the loser accept defeat?

As Zimbabweans go to the polls, the bigger question is whether the loser will accept the result of a poll dogged by logistical problems and allegations of vote-rigging. Read more here.


8:53 - Zim woman holds back tears after voting

A Zimbabwean woman from Harare's Epworth township is said to have held back tears after voting, as she said she wanted "an end to the problems in our country". Read more here.


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8:27 - Transcript: Mugabe's election eve press conference

"On the eve of crucial general elections in Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe extended an unexpected invite to local and foreign journalists for a rare press conference where his press secretary George Charamba said they could 'ask anything'." Read the transcript on New Zimbabwe.


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8:20 - 'Citizen army' to monitor Zim polls

Fears that President Robert Mugabe allies will rig Zimbabwe's election have prompted a citizen army of blogging in a bid to report any accounts of abuses and voting irregularities across the country. Read more here.


8:18 - For Zimbabweans, vote is about jobs, peace

While observers wade through the power-politics and connivances of Zimbabwe’s election, most Zimbabweans are clear about what they want from the polls – jobs and peace. Read more here.


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7:54 - Robert Mugabe is too old man and he must go on retire. - News24 User Susan de Villiers.


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7:45 - "Years have passed by always wondering when time is right to do the right thing.

"I'm a Zimbabwean national now based in Johannesburg, South Africa. I don't have much time to write a lot but I just want to remind most people that the retirement age is 6 5years for men and 60 for women. Now, if I may ask: when will HIS EXCELLENCE CDE R.G. MUGABE retire? Please help me answer that single but important question to me.

"Am here in South Africa called names even though my ancestors originated here. When am in Zimbabwe, we treated like scum as MUGABE hates Ndebeles. Where is my rightful place? Where is my rightful land?

"Please, send a message to Mugabe to retire and pave way to new blood. We are tired of tried and failed single-handed rigging leadership without fatherly love. Enough is enough. We plead with you people to help us make the man understand that he is beyond natural strength lead people. He is terribly fragile. He can't even add one plus one properly without straining to reason.

CRY THE BELOVED AFRICANS, CRY THE BELOVED ZIMBABWEAN NATIONALS! Cry southern Africa!" - News24 User Bhekie R Ndhlovu


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7:31 - Crisis-weary Zimbabweans go to polls

Crisis-weary Zimbabweans are voting in a fiercely contested election dominated by Robert Mugabe's bid to extend his 33 year rule and suspicions of vote rigging. Read more here.


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7:25 - OPINION: Zimbabwe Heads to the Ballot Box, But Can It Finally Turn a Corner?

President Robert Mugabe, who, along with his ZANU-PF party, has been in power since the country’s independence in 1980, risks defeat at the hands of his political foe, current Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who heads the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Read more on Read more on Time.



7:24 - OPINION: Zimbabwe elections: no matter the result, the future’s bleak (and Comrade Bob’s not going anywhere)

"Despite the opposition’s fighting talk – not real fighting, that’s a Zanu-PF specialty – President Robert Mugabe looks like he’s got this one in the bag, with SADC and the AU firmly in his corner." - Read more on the Daily Maverick.


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7:12 - 'Do or die' election for Tsvangirai

As Zimbabweans head to the polls, MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai gets his third - and possibly last - opportunity to dethrone Robert Mugabe as president. Read more here.


7:09 - COLUMN: Uncle Sam and Uncle Bob

Zim and the US should tackle their sorry trade relations, says Scott Firsing. Read the column here.


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7:01 - "I think it's about time Mugabe stepped down from his 33-year reign. And all the world leaders should intervene in this chaotic election of which I see Mugabe taking over again and the people being terrorised by police and those that still want Mugabe ruling again." - News24 User Shepard Mtakati.


7:00 - Polls open in Zimbabwe elections. 

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