wpid-Robert-Mugabe-sleeping-on-chair-590.jpg(NEWS24) Cape Town ? Zanu-PF has never rigged elections, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said on Tuesday as he addressed his party supporters at a rally in Mutare, newzimbabwe.com reports.

The 89-year-old veteran leader insisted that his country was capable of holding ?good elections?.

?We?re now a mature people. We?re not having elections for the first time. Some people elsewhere thought we were starters, we?re not political starters,? Mugabe said to loud cheers from his supporters.

?We?ve held elections before, good elections. We?ve never had rigged elections. MDC people say we are rigging; but that?s politics. They know for certain we don?t rig elections. Never ever!?

Mugabe is set to face his long time rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in a make or break election on 31 July to end a shaky coalition government formed in 2009 after disputed polls that resulted in the death of over 200 people in 2008.

Last week, media reports claimed an Israeli company, Nikuv International, had been hired to rig elections in Mugabe?s favour. The company has been running computerisation programmes for several Zimbabwe government departments since 2000 and denies any involvement in the alleged plot.

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