Mugabe gets hefty lavish package

HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has given the country’s  deposed former leader Robert Mugabe an eye-watering exit package which includes benefits commensurate with those of a sitting head of State.

Details of the frail nonagenarian’s massive golden handshake were announced in the Government Gazette on Friday under Presidential Pension and Retirement Packages Notice 2017.

Meanwhile, the Daily News has also learnt that the publicised exit package does not include the $10 million which was dangled to the soon to be 94-year-old as part of the negotiations which led to his ouster last month — and which also culminated in him being granted immunity from prosecution.

Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist for close to four decades, “resigned” from the top office on November 21 this year — hours after Parliament had initiated proceedings to impeach him.

This happened after he had refused to leave office during eight tense days that began with the military intervening in the governance of the country.

“The president, in terms of section 3(1) of the Presidential Pension and Retirement Benefits Act, hereby makes the following notice: “A former president of Zimbabwe, who has at any time since the 31st December 1987, been president of Zimbabwe for at least one full term of office, shall be entitled to the enjoyment of the following services, facilities and allowances — staff (a) the services of — (i) such security personnel as may be determined by the president, but no less than six, and to be increased by such number as may be determined by the  president whenever and for such period as the need arises; and (ii) two drivers and (iii) two private secretaries; and (iv) two aide-de-camp officers or personal assistants; and (v) two office attendants,” read  the notice in Friday’s Government Gazette.

The publicised raft of benefits details the number of staff at Mugabe’s disposal, as well as office and accommodation arrangements, including a private residence on a 5 000 square metres piece of land; comprehensive medical cover for him, his wife and children, as well as transport that includes top-of-the-range vehicles.

Mugabe and Grace are also entitled to diplomatic passports and private, first class international air travel up — to a maximum of four trips per  year. Mugabe will also receive a Mercedes Benz S500 series or any equivalent vehicle, one four-wheel drive station wagon or an equivalent vehicle, and one pick up van.

Apart from maintaining and fuelling the vehicles, government will also be obliged to replace all the vehicles after five years.

The 93-year-old also has the option of maintaining his long motorcade after government notified that Mugabe was entitled to the provision of “such adequate number of vehicles as may be determined by the president and which must be put at the disposal of the security  personnel and other staff serving the former president”.

Mugabe will also be entitled to a landline telephone, a cellphone, two computers and “such other office equipment and materials as may be determined by the president”.

In terms of accommodation, the former Zanu PF supremo will be provided with “a fully furnished official residence at any place in Harare”.

The housing benefits will also include any such befitting request made by Mugabe within two months of leaving office.

According to the gazette, Mugabe may request the construction of a single private residence at any place of his choice in Zimbabwe, and it will be granted. If he so chooses, he can also request for the payment of a lump sum which is equal or equivalent to the value of the private residence he so desires.

“In the case of his official residence … if the president (Mugabe) dies, his or her surviving spouse, or if there is no surviving spouse, his or her dependent child must continue to be provided with suitable state residential accommodation until – (i) in the case of a surviving spouse, the date on which he or she dies or remarries, whichever event occurs first; and (ii) in the case of the dependent child, the date which he or she dies or the date on which he or she attains the age of 21 years, whichever event occurs first,” the gazette reads.

The private residence is to be constructed on land not exceeding 5 000  square metres and the residence itself may not exceed a reasonably-sized house with five bedrooms, a guest wing with three bedrooms, a study, a swimming pool, two guardrooms and two garages.

In connection with the residence, government will on behalf of Mugabe employ three domestic workers, two gardeners, two cooks, two waiters and two laundry personnel.

Mugabe along with Grace will also be entitled to first class air and rail travel within Zimbabwe as well as first class international travel up to a maximum of four trips a year.

Other benefits will see Mugabe getting an entertainment allowance as determined by Mnangagwa.

Mugabe will also be entitled to payment of telephone expenses, water and electricity charges. The curtain fell on the veteran former Zimbabwe and Zanu PF leader on November 21 when he resigned moments after Parliament had started proceedings to impeach him.

This followed a military intervention code-named Operation Restore Legacy which saw the nonagenarian and his wife being placed under house arrest.

Several Cabinet ministers linked to the Generation 40 (G40) faction who had coalesced around Grace were targeted in the operation which ended only recently, with the soldiers only retreating to the barracks after five weeks of executing the operation.

Mugabe was accused of turning Zimbabwe, which was once the bread basket of Africa, into a basket case due to years of mismanagement and executive corruption.

Today, Zimbabwe is ranked among the poorest countries in the world.

    Comments (11)

    Zimbabwe,the only country in this whole wide world where thieves and looters are actually rewarded for stripping the country's resources with reckless abandon.Remember the same old dictators used to reward mostly those minister who were fingered in various corrupt activities.In all fairness the old dictotor must be languishing in prison for all his inhuman deeds,but this is zanu pf that we are talking about.Shame on this mafia party.

    Janana Bikaz Madhogodhogo - 28 December 2017

    Mugabe played his part. He deserve all this. He is our founding father. We need to be humane at times so that God blesses us.

    Chitovah - 28 December 2017

    Why am I blocked, I never used any bad language worse than any blogger?

    nhemacena - 28 December 2017

    Why am I blocked, I never used any bad language worse than any blogger?

    nhemacena - 28 December 2017

    Why am I blocked, I never used any bad language worse than any blogger?

    nhemacena - 28 December 2017

    Why am I blocked, I never used any bad language worse than any blogger?

    nhemacena - 28 December 2017

    Why am I blocked, I never used any bad language worse than any blogger?

    nhemacena - 28 December 2017

    I have ONE question for the military and President Mnangagwa. What was the main purpose of the bloodless coup and, on whose behalf was it carried out?

    japhet zwana - 29 December 2017

    Former presidents CANAAN BANANA JOSHUA NKOMO SIMON MUZENDA JOSEPH MUSIKA JOHN NKOMO JOICE MUJURU PHELEKEZELA MPHOKKO EMERSON MUNANGAGWA GUVEYA CHIWENGA KEMBO MOHADI all these are on the presidential pay roll with these colouful benefits . uma lingavusi ngqondo ma ZIMBABWE LIZAKUFA LISEBENZELA ABANYE.kanti vele bonke bonaba abantu basenzelani ngoba bekubusa u mgabe yedwa for the last 37 years. ,

    c h moyo - 30 December 2017

    how about ex-priminister tsvangirai, is he?

    dennis moto - 2 January 2018

    This is very sad that the Mugabes got such a soft landing. Mark my words Zimbabwe will never change as long as Zanu and the army are in charge. Our joy was premature.

    Ann - 4 January 2018

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