Mugabe vows to step down if defeated but confident of victory

Zimbabwe  President  Robert Mugabe says he will step down if he loses Wednesday’s elections.

Addressing journalists at State House on Tuesday, the 89-year-old leader said he was confident of a victory but would accept a loss.

“That’s a normal thing. If you go into a process and join in a competition where there are only two outcomes, a win or a loss, you can’t revolt. You either win or lose. If you lose you must surrender to those who won…” he said.

Responding to a question on generals, Mugabe also said the security forces would not prevent the transfer of power should he lose the elections. He said the generals who had said they would not accept anyone without war credentials were not the army.

President Robert Mugabe and rival Morgan Tsvangirai,
President Robert Mugabe and rival Morgan Tsvangirai,

“You are putting it as if all the generals said so (they would not accept a person without liberation credentials). It’s just one or two and they are not the army. They are law abiding people, very law abiding and its military discipline they obey,” he said.

A spokesman for Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said the party was prepared only to the accept the results if the poll was “free and fair” – a verdict on which the jury is still out.

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