Robert Mugabe has 'no regrets' as he speaks exclusively to ITV News on the eve of polling

Robert Mugabe speaking to Rohit Kachroo.
Robert Mugabe speaking to Rohit Kachroo. Photo: ITV News

On the eve of watershed elections, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has given his first in-depth sit down interview with British television in a number of years to ITV News Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo.

During the interview Robert Mugabe said that these elections would be free and fair and denied that the country has ever suffered from vote rigging, saying:

That's a foreign word - 'rigging'.

We've never ever rigged an election. This is not the first time we are voting. We started in 1980, every five years we've done elections.

They've never ever ever [been rigged]- that I can assure you.

Robert Mugabe speaking to Rohit Kachroo.
Robert Mugabe speaking to Rohit Kachroo. Credit: ITV News

Tomorrow's elections will see Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai attempt, for a third time, to unseat the controversial leader as Mugabe aims to extend his 33 year hold on power.

He lead the former Rhodesia to independence from Britain in 1980.

Speaking in Harare, President Mugabe spoke of his "condemnation by us of Britain and mainly of the government of Mr Blair - he's the one who caused it, he didn't want dialogue - and then we wondered what sort of government it was that would prefer to impose sanctions on us."