Tsvangirai tells Mugabe not to 'steal' Zimbabwe vote
CHINHOYI, Zimbabwe (AFP) - Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Saturday warned President Robert Mugabe not to "steal" a crunch vote next week, so that his veteran rival could exit office with dignity.
"Mugabe stole an election in 2002, he stole the election in 2008. This time we want to tell him that he will not steal again," Tsvangirai said to thousands of supporters.
"As a party we don't have intentions of retribution. What we only want and what we are saying is: 'Mr Mugabe run this election freely and fairly so that we can give you a dignified exit.'" After two previous polls condemned by observers as unfair, Mr Tsvangirai is vying to end Mr Mugabe's 33-year rule and a four-year shaky coalition forced after chaotic elections in 2008.
Speaking in the farming town of Chinhoyi, 100km north-west of the capital Harare, he hit out at the electoral authority after a disorganised special early vote and the absence of an electoral roll.