WINDHOEK, Zimbabwe currently does not have the capacity to facilitate its citizens in the diaspora to vote in their countries of residence but will be able to do so in the future, SAYS President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Zimbabwe is due to hold its next general elections the the middle of this year and is currently carrying out a vote registration exercise which ends next month. Zimbabweans in the diaspora have for long clamoured to be facilitated to vote but this has not been possible.

Their hopes had been renewed following the coming in of a new administration led by President Mnangagwa in November last year following the resignation of former president Robert Mugabe, who had ruled since independence in 1980.

Addressing hundreds of Zimbabweans residing in Namibia, when he made a one-day visit to this country Monday, President Mnangagwa said the country simply had no capacity to fund the diaspora vote. We do not have the logistics now nor the capacity, President Mnangagwa told the audience during a question and answer session.

We realise that time will come when we shall have the capacity to do that for our people in the diaspora but for now we do not have the capacity to do so.

He said Zimbabweans in the diaspora had not been denied their right to vote as those who were serious could come back home to register under the on-going voter registration and to vote when the time comes.

President Mnangagwa reiterated that it was government's wish to hold polls which are free and fair, without violence. We accept that we may have different views about how to run the country, that is accepted so we do not need any violence, he said. So if you differ, differ peacefully and on an intellectual basis.

He said observers would be invited from the region, continent as well as the international community to monitor the polls. Above that, every country that has an embassy in Zimbabwe is allowed five people to observe the elections, he said.