Mujuru payout exposes Grace

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s payout to former Vice President Joice Mujuru has exposed his wife’s lack of understanding of State architecture and rule of law, analysts say.

On Friday, through the government gazette, Mugabe set out Mujuru’s exit package despite utterances and suggestions by the First Lady a day earlier in Binga that the respected liberation war icon would go empty handed.

“Grace is not a government minister or official. Her outburst on Mujuru shows her limited understanding of the State architecture,” Zimbabwe Democracy Institute director, Pedzisai Ruhanya, said.

“People must not confuse her misplaced hatred of the former VP with the rule of law because her thoughts do not translate to law,” he said.

“The President, in terms of Section 3 (1) of the Presidential Pension and Retirement Benefits Act, hereby makes the following notice: This notice may be cited as the Presidential Pension and Retirement Benefits (services and facilities for former VPs) notice 2015.

“A former Vice President of Zimbabwe, who has at any time since December 31 1987 been Vice-President for at least one full term of office, shall be entitled to use and enjoyment of the following services, facilities and allowances…” the Presidential Pension and Retirement Benefits published in Statutory Instrument 86 of 2015, gazetted last Friday said.

Mujuru is entitled to personal security, medical aid, travel allowances and domestic workers all paid for by the treasury.

She was fired from government by Mugabe this year as a result of a fall-out leading to last year’s congress which the ex-VP boycotted after being slapped with a slew of allegations including a plot to kill the Zimbabwean leader. Mujuru and her key allies were later axed from Zanu PF as the fallout continued

According to the Constitution, once one ceases to be president or vice president they are entitled to a pension equivalent to the salary of a sitting president or vice president.

The benefits, according to Section 103 of the Constitution, can only be withdrawn if the person directly or indirectly holds any other public office or be employed by anyone else while receiving a pension from the State for the former position held.

Ruhanya said government had to be applauded on its decision to award the former VP her package, urging the same should be done for former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

“This shows that the State respected rule of law. However, they should also do the same for Tsvangirai in the name of rule of law. He has not been given his exit package since he refused to accept Mugabe’s victory, but does this make him any less of a civil servant? No,” Ruhanya said.

Constitutional Law expert, Lovemore Madhuku said Grace’s outbursts in Binga last week served to show the country that Grace was irrelevant since government could overrule her utterances.

“She is simply irrelevant. Government operations are divorced from what she says because her utterances are just that, utterances.

“On the other hand it shows that the president is anxious to demonstrate that he is still the leader of the country despite all the things his wife may say in public,” the University of Zimbabwe law lecturer said.

In Binga, Grace vowed that Mujuru would get “nothing” if she had any say in the matter, before gloating that she had been responsible for the axed former VP downfall.

“You know what it is like being a civil servant, when you are fired you get nothing. Nothing at all! That is what happens when you are a disgraceful government worker,” Grace said.


Comments (9)

Leave grace alone, she is just a poor typist! Hahahaha at SADC chairmanship handover ceremony in Gaborone earlier today Mugabe was trying to embarrass Khama by discrediting him because of his mixed race what what and showering all praise to Khama senior (his father), never said anything good about Ian Khama but only showering praises to his father.......then came witty Ian Khama on the podium, the ladies and gentleman started clapping hands ne mhururu and guess what Khama says? Sarcastically says....."All these guys clapping and whistling are my ministers trying to keep their jobs, it's also known as BOOTLICKING" I laughed my lungs out today, he got him. Mugabe suddenly looked pale. Mugabe is a disgrace to Zim, whilst all the other leaders were talking about the developments in their countries, Mugabe narrated the Botswana history in his speech. That's 91 year old Mugabe for you!!

misty - 17 August 2015

hahahaha, shuwa here? That must have been too hilarious to miss

kondo - 17 August 2015

Gire, its only your garden boy whom you can send away without anything. Stop showing your stupidity in public

piaget - 17 August 2015

Kikikikikik mAone chaivo khama ka Kikikikikik

tindo - 18 August 2015


Tahir Iqbal - 18 August 2015

Gire says Joyce will get sweet nothing as a fired government employee. Two days later RG Mugabe gazettes Joyce's terminal benefits. This is not just a coincidence. Grace meant to arm twist and opine her justification to fire young Joyce from the government and the party. She could not get away with it as this set a precedence and very well the likes of ED.Munangagwa. Yes rule of law was followed. Rule of law in Zimbabwe is selective to save Zanu. She is a dangerous clown!

Mbareboy - 18 August 2015

hahahahahahahahahahahaha muchaenda kwazvimba netsoka

baba Gedza - 18 August 2015

I dont even know why this gets any media attention.. Grace is not a government official and whether or not her comments expose her lack of knowledge of state structures is irrelevant.. So what??? Would we expect her to know?? Of course not... She is not a government official. Can we focus on more newsworthy things. This continued focus on Grace by the media is playing into their hands.. While she may be a significant force within the party and by default within the government.. .Keeping her in the public sphere like this only serves to solidify her in the publics mind... Let state newspapers harp on about her, and lets focus on development issues... This is where the opposition have failed.. They rode the tide of anti Mugabe sentiment, but that sentiment has changed.. People actually dont care what these ZPF people do anymore... they want a change in narrative. Private media and opposition parties should now focus on the development narrative and leave the Grace, BOB, ZPF Narrative alone. The electorate is tired of it and it makes you seem like you have no clue... DEVELOPMENT focus.. Win votes by showing what difference you could make, rather than wasting time on an anti-Mugabe ticket.. That is played out.

Solid - 19 August 2015

Not so fast people! Gazetting is not implementing. Mugabe is famous for breaking his own rules and promises willy nilly. He can tear the constitution to shreds and no one will raise an eye-lid!!!!! Grace may have the last laugh!

Tsholofelo - 19 August 2015

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