Mugabe gets US$10m exit package

By Elias Mambo

Former president Robert Mugabe resigned on Tuesday after being granted full immunity and a US$10 million lump sum payment, full monthly salary, medical cover, security as well as protection of his private properties,
the Zimbabwe Independent has heard.

His resignation came on the backdrop of negotiations between the generals and his team of mediators following a week of high political and military drama as well as a parliamentary impeachment motion that was halted

Investigations by the Independent reveal that Mugabe’s negotiators managed to strike a deal with the generals to enable the 93-year-old former president not to go into exile but rather enjoy his retirement in Zimbabwe
with all his benefits.

“Government will give him US$5 million lump-sum and then the remainder to be paid out in instalments,” a source said. “Mugabe will also enjoy full medical cover as well as his full monthly salary. In the event of his
death, his wife will be given half salary per month.”

Mugabe negotiated a safe exit through a team of mediators which included a Catholic priest, Fidelis Mukonori and former RBZ governor Gideon Gono.

Mukonori said in an interview his role was just to mediate between the generals and Mugabe. Sources said soon after Mugabe tendered his resignation, commander of the Presidential Guard, Brigadier-General Anselem Sanyatwe, called for an emergency Joint Operations Command meeting with uniformed officers.

“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 source said.



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    ndumiso ncube 5 years ago

    Thieves like Mugabe are getting full credit of support from the government instead he should pay back the tax payers money that has been stolen by his cabinet ZANU-PF.

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    Reverend 5 years ago

    What about the billions he has stolen and all the houses, hotels and mansions throughout the world. Billions in China and Switzerland, Plus the $15 Billion from the diamonds!! Is it $10 milion and all that? He should not get a thing as he is a thief! Makes me angry!

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      Kutama 5 years ago

      This is definitely a stitch up by Zanu and the British. It provides a great incentive for other African leaders to do exactly as they please? Gono and Mugabe stole all the money with the printing press – murdered thousands – and now he gets a $10 million golden handshake! The the people who were victimised by them will be asked to pay for all this excess? I suppose land owners will be given a crate of beer for their farms? The new incumbent in Carrington’s job will tell everybody what a wonderful job they have all done over the last 40 years! Yeah!

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      Chatham House 5 years ago

      This is an insult to the people of Zimbabwe and democracy itself.

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    Comrade Mtetwe 5 years ago


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    Farai 5 years ago

    Typical…..that’s how they roll in the dark continent ! No wonder it’s ruined. He is a murdering, treacherous thief who should be brought to justice for what he has done to a nation and it’s people. He was handed the Pearl of Africa, the Breadbasket of Africa in good working order….and he’s turned it into the laughing stock of the world. May the ghosts of his past keep him awake every night.