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Mugabe holds final rally

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe says Zanu-PF plans to reintroduce the local currency at some stage.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has held one of his final rallies in the central town of Gweru.

He promised to use revenue generated from the diamond and gold sector to increase pay for civil servants.

Zimbabweans go to the polls on Wednesday.

Observers say the country is not ready for elections and there are questions over the voters roll and possible duplicate votes.

Mugabe urged people who still have worthless Zimbabwe dollars not to tear them up, as they will be compensated.

Central Bank chief Gideon Gono told Mugabe many people still have Zimbabwe dollars in their homes.

He said if elected into power next week, he will work out how to compensate people.

Zimbabwe dumped its currency in 2009 and switched to the Rand and United States (US) dollar.

Mugabe says his party, Zanu-PF, plans to reintroduce the Zimbabwe dollar at some stage.

If backed by gold, the local unit could be worth more than the US dollar, Mugabe said.

Disputed 2008 elections between Mugabe and his main rival Morgan Tsvangirai from the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) resulted in a power-sharing agreement brokered by the South African Development Community (Sadc).

Earlier in July, Mugabe threatened to withdraw from Sadc in the wake of his court victory confirming his choice of poll dates.