Robert Mugabe’s Retirement Package Revealed

State media has reported that Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe will get a residence, a car fleet and private air travel as part of a new government-funded retirement package for former leaders.

Mugabe will also be entitled to at least 20 staffers including six personal security guards, all paid for from state coffers, according to details of the benefits published in The Herald newspaper.

The 93-year-old, who quit last month under popular pressure following a military takeover, is the first beneficiary of the generous measures unveiled Wednesday by new President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

No monetary details were spelt out, but the country’s constitution stipulates that an ex-president is entitled to a pension equivalent to the salary of a sitting president.

Local independent media reported last month that Mugabe was granted a $10-million (8.3-million euro) retirement bonus as part of a deal to persuade him to eventually resign. The government denied the claims.

As part of the new package, Mugabe will have three cars — a Mercedes Benz S500 Series or an equivalent class of sedan, an all-terrain station wagon and a pickup van — which will be replaced every five years.

The government will also pay for fuel.

Mugabe and his wife will be entitled to diplomatic passports. The couple can go on four first-class air or train trips within Zimbabwe and four trips abroad on a private plane.

Mugabe will also be awarded a fully-furnished official residence anywhere in the capital Harare, in addition to bills and entertainment allowances.

Health insurance for the former leader, his spouse and dependants is also included in the raft of benefits.

Mugabe resigned on November 21 after his party expelled him and parliament began proceedings to impeach him in the wake of a military intervention.


General Constantino Chiwenga Becomes Zimbabwe’s Vice President

Zimbabwe’s former army commander, General Constantino Chiwenga who led the military takeover that helped end Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule has been sworn in as one of the country’s two vice presidents today.

The 61-year old miliary chief took the oath of office at the presidential office in Harare, pledging to “obey, uphold and defend the constitution” of the country, according to an AFP journalist who witnessed the ceremony.


Zimbabwe Defence Force Announces End Of Military Intervention

The Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) on Monday announced the end of their military intervention in the affairs of the country, that culminated in the resignation of former President Robert Mugabe on Nov. 13.

Commander of the Zimbabwe National Army Phillip Valerio Sibanda told a press conference that police have now resumed their normal duties following the end of the operation, code-named “Operation Restore Legacy.”

“The Defence and Security Forces, come before you, once again, to pronounce the end of Operation Restore Legacy today, the 18th of December,” said Sibanda, who was flanked by other senior members of the security forces.

The military said it launched the operation on Nov. 13 with the aim of removing criminals that were surrounding the former president.

The intervention eventually culminated in the resignation of Mugabe on Nov. 21.

Sibanda said some of the criminals had been accounted for while others had skipped the country.

He urged the nation to remain vigilant and report any suspicious objects and individuals, saying some members of the G40 faction that was aligned to former First Lady Grace Mugabe were bent on harming peace and tranquility in the country.

The ZDF also urged the police to discharge their duties in accordance with the constitutional mandate and members of the public to respect, support and cooperate with the police.

“As Operation Restore Legacy comes to an end, it is our hope as your Defense and Security Services that our people will remain united, shun corruption, be law-abiding, and focus on working hard for the development of our country,” Sibanda said.

The ZDF also urged the nation to uphold peace and ensure next year’s elections are held in an environment of peace and tranquility.


Zimbabwe President, Mnangagwa Orders Repatriation of Stolen Funds Within 90 Days

Zimbabwe’s new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, on Tuesday announced a three-month ultimatum for the return of funds stolen out of the country by individuals and corporations.

Mnangagwa in a statement warned that the government will arrest and prosecute those who fail to comply at the end of February 2018.

The statement reads, “The government of Zimbabwe is gazetting a three-month moratorium within which those involved in the malpractice can bring back the funds and assets, with no questions being asked or charges preferred against them.

“The amnesty period will run from December 1.

“Upon expiry of the three-month window, the government will proceed to effect arrest of all those who would not have complied with this directive and will ensure that they are prosecuted in terms of the country’s laws.

“The military operation which saw tanks rolling down the street and culminated in Mugabe’s resignation, helped unearth cases where huge sums of money and other assets were illegally externalised by certain individuals and corporate bodies.

“Mugabe’s Birthday Now A Public Holiday In Zimbabwe”

The Zimbabwean government has officially declared February 2 Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Day, thereby making the former president’s birthday a public holiday.

According to Zimbabwe’s Herald newspaper, calls for the former president’s birthday to be made a national holiday were adopted by the government in August, following intense lobbying by the Zanu-PF Youth League.

The decision was, however, officially recorded on Friday, it adds.

Mr. Mugabe resigned last week after a military intervention and days of mass protests.

New President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to form a cabinet this week.

Last week, Mr. Mnangagwa said the former president needed to be given the respect and recognition he deserved as one of the founders and leaders of Zimbabwe.

“To me personally, he remains a father, mentor, comrade-in-arms and my leader,” he said during his acceptance speech at his inauguration on Friday.

The BBC reports that there are fears that Mr. Mnangagwa, who is associated with some of the worst atrocities committed under the ruling Zanu-PF party since independence in 1980, will not usher in the democratic reforms that many in Zimbabwe are hoping for.

Earlier this month, Mr. Mnangagwa was sacked as vice-president, triggering a political crisis that led to the army taking control and Mr Mugabe eventually standing down.

Mr. Mugabe and his wife, Grace, remain at their house in the capital, Harare, and have no plans to leave the country.

Emmerson Mnangagwa Sworn In As Zimbabwe’s President, Gives Special Tribute To Mugabe

Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in as Zimbabwe’s president in a ceremony this morning at a packed stadium in the country’s capital, Harare.

Recall that the former vice-president’s dismissal earlier this month led the ruling Zanu-PF party and the army to intervene and force Mr Mugabe to quit. His oath read;

I Emmmerson Dambudzo Mnangagawa swear that as president of the Republic of Zimbabwe – I will be faithful to Zimbabwe and obey uphold and defend the constitution and all other laws of Zimbabwe and I will promote whatever that will advance and will oppose whatever will harm Zimbabwe that I will protect and promote the rights and people of Zimbabwe that I will discharge my duties will all my strength to the best of my strength and ability and to the dictates of my conscience and I will devote myself to the well being of Zimbabwe and its people so help me God.”

Mnangagwa, who’s popular for his nickname “the crocodile”, gave a special tribute to his predecessor, Robert Gabriel Mugabe.

According to him, I feel deeply humbled again by the decision of my party Zanu-PF inviting me to serve our great nation the republic of Zimbabwe in the capacity of president and commander-in-chief… with effect from today. He led us in our struggle for national independence he assumed responsibility of leadership at a challenging time… that is to be lauded and celebrated’.

He went on to say despite errors Mugabe might have made, ‘Let us all accept and acknowledge his immense contribution to the building of our nation. To me personally he remains a comrade in arms and mentor.”


Mnangagawa May Be Sworn In On Friday

Zimbabwe’s former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as president on Friday following the resignation of Robert Mugabe, state broadcaster ZBC reported on Wednesday.

Mr. Mnangagwa, who fled for his safety after Mr. Mugabe sacked him two weeks ago, will land back in Zimbabwe at 6 p.m. (1600 GMT) at Manyame Airbase in Harare, ZBC said.

Mr. Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president on Tuesday, a week after the army and his former political allies moved to end four decades of rule by a man once feted as an independence hero who became feared as a despot.

Mr. Mnangagwa, whose sacking this month prompted the military takeover that forced Mugabe out, was initially expected to land in Zimbabwe at 1130 GMT, Larry Mavhima, an ally of the former vice president, told Reuters.

Mr. Mnangagwa, 75, is likely to lead ZANU-PF into elections in 2018.

The 93-year-old Mr. Mugabe had clung on for a week after an army takeover, with ZANU-PF urging him to go.

He finally resigned moments after parliament began an impeachment process seen as the only legal way to force him out.

People danced in the streets of Harare and car horns blared at the news that the era of Mr. Mugabe, who had led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, was finally over.

Some brandished posters of Mr. Mnangagwa and army chief, Constantino Chiwenga.

Robert Mugabe Agrees To Resign, Seeks Immunity For Self And Wife

Zimbabwe’s long-time president Robert Mugabe has agreed to the terms of his resignation and a letter has been drafted, an official source with direct knowledge of negotiations told Newsmen.

The source said that the generals had given into many of Mugabe’s demands including full immunity for himself and his wife Grace, and that he would keep his private properties.

According to the source, the aim of Sunday’s televised address in which Mugabe appeared to resist calls to step aside was to ensure the veteran leader openly declared the military’s actions to be constitutional.

For the resignation to formally take place, however, a letter must first be sent to the speaker of Parliament, added the source. Mugabe had stunned the nation on Sunday when he refused to say in a live televised address if he was stepping down.

His party had given him 24 hours to resign or be impeached after military seized power and kept him under house arrest.

On Saturday, thousands of Zimbabweans had taken to the streets calling for him to go. But in a bizarre and rambling speech, Mugabe instead insisted he was going nowhere, and that he would see his political party Zanu-PF through its congress in a few weeks.

Zimbabweans who’d been glued to state television to watch the speech live came out into the streets afterward, some in shock.

Harare resident Tina Madzimure called the speech “an embarrassment really. He made a fool out of the generals.”

“This man will go to his grave with Zimbabwe in his hands,” she told CNN.


Zimbabwe Crises: Robert Mugabe’s Full Speech To His Citizens

Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe, 93, shocked his compatriots as well as the international community when he bluntly refused to resign.

Mugabe revealed this during a nationwide broadcast Sunday night amid reports that he had agreed to step down after leading the country for 37 years. However, in a dramatic turn of event last night, the nonagenarian failed to back down after the country’s military announced his ouster from power.

Read His speech below…


“Fellow Zimbabweans, I address you tonight on the back of a meeting I held today with the nation’s security forces command element.

This meeting which was facilitated by a mediating team… followed an operation mounted by the Zimbabwean Defence Forces in the week that has gone by, and which was triggered by concerns from their reading of the state of affairs in our country and in the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Whatever the pros and cons of the way they went about registering those concerns, I as the President of Zimbabwe and as their Commander in Chief do acknowledge the issues they have drawn my attention to, and do believe these were raised in the spirit of honesty and out of deep and patriotic concern for the stability of our nation and for the welfare of our people.

As I address you I am also aware of a whole range of concerns which have come from you all as citizens of our great country and which deserve our untrammelled attention.

Today’s meeting with the command element has underscored the need for us to collectively start processes that return our nation to normalcy so that all our people can go about their business unhindered in an environment of perfect peace and security assured that the law and order prevail as before and endure well into the future.

If there is any one observation we have made and drawn from events of the last week it is the unshakable pedestal upon which rests our state of peace and law and order, amply indicating that as Zimbabweans we are generally a peaceably disposed people and with a given-ness to express our grievances and to resolve our differences ourselves and with a level of dignity and restraint so rare to many other nations. This is to be admired. Indeed such traits must form the path of our national character and personality. Yes, a veritable resource we summon and draw upon in times of vicissitudes.

The operation I have alluded to did not amount to a threat to our well-cherished constitutional order, nor was it a challenge to my authority as head of state and government, not even as commander in chief of the Zimbabwean Defence Forces. To the man, the commend element remained respectful and comported themselves with diktats and mores of constitutionalism.

True, a few incidents may have occurred here and there but they are being corrected. I am happy that throughout the short period the pillars of state remained functional. Even happier for me and arising from today’s meeting is a strong sense of collegiality and comradeship now binding the various arms of our security establishment. This should redound to greater peace and offer an abiding sense of security in communities and in our entire nation.

Among the issues discussed is that relating to our economy, which as we all know is going through a difficult patch. Of greater concern to our commanders are the well-founded fears that the lack of unity and commonness of purpose in both party and government was translating into perceptions of inattentiveness to the economy. Open public spats between officials in the party and government exacerbated by multiple conflicting messages from both the party and government made the criticisms levelled at us inescapable.

Amidst all this, flagship projects already adopted by government stood stalled or mired in needless controversies. All this needs to stop as we inaugurate a new work culture and pace which will show a strong sense of purpose and commitment to turning around our economy in terms of our policies. The government remains committed to improving the social and material conditions of the people. Government will soon unveil an entrepreneurial skills and business development program which will empower and unleash gainful projects at our growth points and in rural areas.”


JUST IN: After Zanu-PF Sack, Mugabe Resigns As Zimbabwe President

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has agreed to resign.

Mugabe took this decision few hours after the ruling party sacked him as its national leader.

Zimbabwe news portal, Zimbabwe Today reports that the president would address the nation shortly.

Details later……..

End Of The Road For Mugabe, Grace Today

On two fronts, President Robert Mugabe’s era in Zimbabwe will come to an ignominious end as leaders of the ruling ZANU-PF party sack him and the military’s top leaders force him to resign.

The ZANU-PF will meet later today to approve the dismissal of Mugabe, the only leader the southern African nation has known since independence 37 years ago, two party sources have said.

An extraordinary meeting of the party’s central committee is expected to convene around 10:30 a.m. (0830 GMT) to consider removing the 93-year-old, four days after a military seizure of power ostensibly aimed at “criminals” within his entourage.

Separately, state television said Mugabe would meet military commanders on Sunday, quoting the Catholic priest who has been mediating in negotiations with the president.

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Harare, singing, dancing and hugging soldiers in an outpouring of elation at Mugabe’s overthrow.

ZANU-PF’s central committee is also expected to reinstate Emmerson Mnangagwa as party vice-president, resurrecting the political career of the former security chief, nicknamed The Crocodile, whose sacking this month triggered the military’s intervention.

Mugabe’s wife, Grace, will be fired as head of the ZANU-PF Women’s League, the sources told Reuters, completing the demise of a 52-year-old former government typist who just a week ago stood in pole position to succeed her husband after Mnangagwa’s dismissal.

The pair’s stunning downfall is likely to send shockwaves across Africa, where a number of entrenched strongmen, from Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni to Democratic Republic of Congo’s Joseph Kabila, are facing mounting pressure to step aside.

In scenes reminiscent of the downfall of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989, men, women and children ran alongside the armored cars and troops who stepped in this week to oust the man who has ruled since independence from Britain in 1980.

Under house arrest in his lavish ‘Blue Roof’ compound, Mugabe has refused to stand down even as he has watched his support from party, security services and people evaporate in less than three days.

His nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, told Reuters the elderly leader and his wife were “ready to die for what is correct” rather than step down in order to legitimize what he described as a coup.

But on Harare’s streets, few seemed to care about the legal niceties as they heralded a “second liberation” for the former British colony and spoke of their dreams for political and economic change after two decades of deepening repression and hardship.

“These are tears of joy,” said Frank Mutsindikwa, 34, holding aloft the Zimbabwean flag. “I’ve been waiting all my life for this day. Free at last. We are free at last.”

The crowds in Harare have so far given a quasi-democratic veneer to the army’s intervention, backing its assertion that it is merely effecting a constitutional transfer of power, which would help it avoid the diplomatic backlash and opprobrium that normally follow a coup.