Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe holds a news conference at his private residence nicknamed, "Blue Roof" in Harare. Picture: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Johannesburg - Deposed nonagenarian Robert Mugabe, 94, on Sunday said he can not vote for those "who have tormented me".

It was the first time that Mugabe has spoken about his choice on the candidates - Zanu PF's Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, and 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa of the MDC Alliance.

Mugabe said he has not met Chamisa and has never worked with him. He said he wished whoever wins well.

The former president, however, said Chamisa "seems to be doing well". 

Mugabe, who was removed after the intervention of the army in November, said: "We must have constitutionality".

He said a lot of Zimbabweans were afraid and they were sending him messages to say so. Mugabe said his party taught its cadres that "politics leads the gun" but now it was "the gun leading politics".

"Let tomorrow be the voice of the people saying this and never again ...," said the ageing former leader in apparent reference to the use of the military to come to power.

African News Agency/ANA