The 93-year-old autocrat, who finally bowed to pressure to resign after
37 years in power, is said to have struck a bargain with the military to
allow him and his wife to enjoy their retirement in the lap of luxury
in Zimbabwe rather than being forced into exile.
Although ousted by a military takeover, Mr Mugabe will continue to enjoy
full military protection as a former head of state as well as his full
presidential salary of £112,500 a year until his death, local media
“Gucci Grace”, Mugabe’s wife, more than 40 years younger than her
husband, will continue to receive half of his salary after his death.
According to reports, Mr Mugabe negotiated the exit package for himself
and his 52-year-old wife through a team of mediators who included a
An unnamed source told the Zimbabwe Independent:
“Government will give him a £3.75m lump sum and then the remainder will be paid out in instalments.
will also enjoy full medical cover as well as his monthly salary. In
the event of his death, his wife will be given half (of his) salary per
“We were told that the President had resigned, but that he was granted
full immunity. Sanyatwe informed us that Mugabe will continue to enjoy
protection as a former head of state,” the unnamed source reportedly
told the newspaper.
Mr Mugabe’s 37-year rule, characterised by corruption and oppression,
left Zimbabwe with an impoverished population, an unemployment rate of
80 per cent, a virtually worthless currency and crippling debts.
His successor, 75-year-old Emmerson Mnangagwa, a long-time Mugabe ally
in the ruling Zanu-PF party, was sworn in on Friday promising a new era,
despite widespread fears he will offer more of the same.
He has urged Zimbabweans not to carry out any type of “vengeful
retribution” against the former president and praised the “immense
contribution” Mugabe had made to the country.