Zimbabwe rivals promise victory in pitch for votes at final election rallies

Zimbabwe rivals promise victory in pitch for votes at final election rallies

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By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) – 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. Monday’s vote is the first since Mugabe was forced to step down in November after a de facto coup and, as such, is a major national test. The run-up to the presidential and parliamentary election has been peaceful compared to previous polls but there are reports of intimidation and coercion in rural constituencies, and state media is biased towards the ruling ZANU–PF party.