Robert Mugabe and his wife are set to retire in luxury after Zimbabwe granted its deposed president a $10 million “golden goodbye” package.
The 93-year-old will also receive immunity from prosecution and full military protection despite being ousted by a military takeover.
On top of the lump sum, Mugabe will enjoy his full presidential salary of $150,000 until his death, after which time his 52-year-old wife Grace Mugabe will continue to receive half of the salary.
Mugabe resigned in on Tuesday, November 21, after 37 years in power. His resignation and paved the way for a smooth transition of power and brought to an end his impeachment hearing. According to local media, a senior official of the ruling ZANU-PF party said the former president and his wife would receive $5m up front and the rest in instalments.
“Government will give him $5 million lump sum and then the remainder to be paid in instalments,” said a source quoted by the Zimbabwe Independent.
“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.”
President Robert Mugabe listens to his wife Grace Mugabe at a rally of his ruling ZANU-PF party in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 8, 2017. The couple is set to receive a “salary for life” after the leader was deposed. —Reuters