By Simplicius Chirinda
Highfield, July 31, 2013 – President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday morning cast his vote at Mhofu Primary School and told reporters that he and his family had voted for himself and he intends to see through his full five year term if he is re-elected.
“We have voted for one candidate and I have voted for myself,” said Mugabe in a jovial mood as he spoke to journalists at the polling centre.
Mugabe said he will see through his five year term if he is voted into power for a further five years.
“I am not nervous about this election, at 89 years, why nervous. If elected why not serve the whole term,” asked Mugabe.
He added that he was happy that the elections were so far progressing well.
“So far so good,” he said.
Asked what he makes of MDC allegations that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) was trying to rig the elections.
Mugabe said, “that’s MDC politics.”
Mugabe who was accompanied by his wife Grace, daughter Bona and his sons was also asked whether he will normalise relations with the West and visit London or New York which he frequented in the 1980s to which he responded saying, “I have nothing to do in UK and will only be going to America for the United Nations Assembly only.”
Highfield high density suburb in Harare, where Zanu(PF) was formed in 1963 at the house of Enos Nkala former Zanu treasurer was the centre of African nationalism in the early 1960s.President Mugabe’s house in Canaan, near Mhofu Primary School was bombed in the 1970s while he was directing the liberation war in Mozambique. It was never repaired from the blast and was recently declared a heritage site.Also given the same honour in the same suburb were the houses of the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo, Nkala and former Zanu vice president Leopold Takawira near the legendary Cyril Jennings Hall were political meetings were held.