NewsDay brings you live updates from the State house where President Robert Mugabe is due to give a press conference.
By John Mokwetsi and Tapiwa Zivira
17:00 – Press conference ends.
16:48 – “I don’t control the Electoral process, I comply with the Electoral law.” Mugabe
16:45 – He says his chances of winning the elections are as good as they were in 1980.
16:42 – Mugabe says as they are using the US Dollar, after the elections, he will see when they would introduce the Zimbabwean dollar. “We will not do it hastily though.” he says.
16:41 – On some Military Generals’ threats that they would not accept anyone other than Mugabe as President, Mugabe says that they have no authority to do that.
16:29 – On Lindiwe Zulu: If there is critisicm against one woman who was used to opening her mouth in an irregular manner would that be called cticism. “Im glad that she has been made to zip her mouth.”
President Mugabe accuses former British Prime Minister Tony Blair of trying to reverse the land reform exercise.
Question: If you lose are you prepared to hand over power.
Answer: If you go into a process, you either win or lose…If you lose it is normal in a democracy to hand over power
Question time: President Mugabe goes back into colonial history and narrates the liberation struggle and pre -independence politics.
Mugabe: One of the hitches was the delay in delivering of voter registers. But that has been overcome now and all stations have registers and when voting starts tomorrow it will start at the regulated time.
Mugabe: This is an opportunity for people to go and cast their vote for the party of their choices.
There were a few hitches here and there and we had to attack politically, which is what of what is supposed to do in an election campaign. I got my fair share of criticism and I also hit back.
Mugabe: I want therefore to wish all those are candidates every success but I always want to thank the other parties, big and small, the MDCs and their leaders for what was a joint exercise and appeal to our nation for peace for a fair and violence free campaign. there might have been a few incidents here and there but those of you who were with us from the beginning of the campaign you will have noticed that our meetings and interactions were very peaceful and we owe the decision that all of us took on the need for a peaceful elections, all of us the principals, Tsvangirai, Mutambara and even the cabinet
On behalf of my party members I would like to thank my party members for the energy sapping organizing that they undertook.
He says tomorrow marks an end of what was a vibrant campaigning period.
1600: – Mugabe arrives and welcomes journalists
15:32: Earlier on MDC-T held a press conference in which they told reporters that they allegedly received information that election results are set to be handed over to security chiefs in the Joint Operation Command before they are released, triggering fears of a repeat of the 2008 harmonised polls when results were not released for a month. Read full story here
15:26pm: Journalists and Zanu PF officials trickling in. Minister of Defense, Emerson Munangagwa is already here. President Mugabe yet to arrive.