Pictures: Robert Mugabe, wife, Mnangagwa, vote in Zimbabwe historic election
Robert Mugabes accompanied by his wife, Grace arrived to exercise their democratic right to vote (Nyasha Kadandaradara)
Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe on Monday cast his ballot in the country’s first election since he was ousted by the military in November after ruling for 37 years, an AFP journalist saw.
Mugabe, 94, made no comment as he walked unaided into the polling station at a primary school in the Highfield district of Harare, accompanied by his wife Grace.
Scores of chanting Zimbabweans gathered to see 94-year-old former leader Robert Mugabe vote, despite his troubled legacy.
“We miss him. I last saw him ages ago,” says 22-year-old Everjoy Tafirei.
Mugabe stepped down in November under military pressure after 37 years in power.
“I just want to see him face to face, even shake his hand as someone I have supported all my life. I still feel like he is my hero,” says 34-year-old Jacob Mucheche.
Mugabe struggled to walk into the polling station but raised his fist before entering, acknowledging the crowd.
Meanwhile Zimbabwe’s two main presidential candidates faced starkly different receptions as they voted in a historic election.
Solemn faces greeted President Emmerson Mnangagwa as he arrived with his wife at a rural school in Kwekwe. There was no cheering, and people crossed their arms and watched as he left in his motorcade.
Mnangagwa previously lost parliamentary elections in his Kwekwe constituency and had been appointed by former leader Robert Mugabe to an unelected seat in parliament, leading to derisive comments from the opposition about his lack of electoral appeal.