Details of the retirement package handed ousted President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, has been revealed.
The Herald Newspaper reported on Thursday that the 93-year-old will get a residence, a car fleet and private air travel as part of a new government-funded retirement package for former leaders.
The jumbo package includes:
- Fully-furnished official residence anywhere in the capital Harare, in addition to bills and entertainment allowances.
- At least 20 staffers including six personal security guards all paid for from state coffers
- 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.
- Cars will be fueled by the government
- Diplomatic passports for Mugabe and his wife, Grace
- First-class air or train trips within Zimbabwe and four trips abroad on a private plane for the couple
- Health insurance for Mugabe, his wife and dependants
- A pension equivalent to the salary of a sitting president
Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, resigned on November 21 after his party expelled him and parliament began proceedings to impeach him in the wake of a military take over.
His rulewas marked by accusations of rights abuses, electoral fraud and economic ineptitude.
He was replaced by his long-time ally and former Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mnangagwa had fallen out with Mugabe after the president accused him of plotting to unsit him. The followed a bitter feud between the the then VP and then First Lady, Grace.