Mugabe, who was ousted in a military takeover last November, made world headlines with the statement on Sunday.
Mnangagwa was asked for his reaction when he voted in the central town of Kwekwe on Monday morning.
“In a democratic space in a country people have the freedom to express their views negative or positive. So the former president is right to express his mind because there is that democratic space in existence in our beloved country,” says Mnangagwa.
MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa voted earlier on. Chamisa allegedly violated the electoral code when he held a media conference a day after the official closure of the campaigning period.
Chamisa is challenging Mnangagwa in Monday’s vote.
Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa has wished the people of Zimbabwe well on their election day.
President Ramaphosa is confident of a peaceful election.
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