Zimbabwean gov’t discloses Mugabe’s lavish retirement benefits

Robert Mugabe, former President of Zimbabwe

The panoply of generous benefits that Zimbabwe’s former leader, Robert Mugabe, will enjoy in retirement has been published by his successor President Emmerson Mnangagwa in a gazette.

According to the gazette, Mr. Mugabe shall enjoy no fewer than the services of six security personnel, two drivers, two private secretaries and two aides-de-camp and two office attendants.

His office will be fully furnished, with at least a landline telephone and a cellphone, two computers and such other office equipment and materials as might be determined by the reigning president.

Mr. Mugabe, who already lives in a blue roof palace in Harare, will get in addition a housing allowance to be determined by Mr. Mnangagwa, or a single private residence acquired or constructed on his behalf at any place of his choice in Zimbabwe or payment of a lump sum equal to the value of the private residence.

The latter benefit will also accrue to his surviving spouse or dependant child up to the age of 21 years.

“With respect to private residence, the property shall be constructed on land which in total may not exceed 5 000 square metres. The residence, if it was to be built, should not exceed a reasonably sized house with five bedrooms, a guest wing with three bedrooms, a study, swimming pool, two guardrooms and two garages”, the gazette said.

As part of the benefits, Mr. Mugabe will also be entitled to enjoy the services of three domestic employees, two gardeners, two cooks, two waiters and two laundry persons.”

He, his wife, Grace, and dependent children will also enjoy medical aid allowance, which implies they will enjoy free medical treatment.

Mr. Mugabe and Grace will be entitled to diplomatic passports, first class air and rail tickets within the country and outside, up to a maximum of four trips per year.

Mr. Mugabe is also entitled to one sedan (Mercedes Benz S500 Series or an equivalent class of motor vehicle), one four-wheel drive station wagon or equivalent, and a pickup van.

The security personnel and other staff working for him are also entitled to vehicles, the number of which will be determined by President Mnangawa.

Government shall bear the cost of fuelling all the vehicles and all the vehicles are replaceable after every five years.

Also, Mr. Mugabe will not bear the cost of utilities such as water, electricity, telephone, both at home and in his office. Government will pay for all.

The Gazette entitled ‘Presidential Pension and Retirement Benefits (Services and Facilities for Former Presidents) Notice, 2017’ takes immediate effect, according to Zimbabwe Herald newspaper.

The Gazette says that Zimabwe’s leaders since 1987 are entitled to enjoy the benefits.

Mr. Mugabe, however, was the sole President of the country since 1980 and will be the first to do so.

Mr. Mugabe was forced to resign in November following pressure from the military and the public.

He has not been seen in public in Zimbabwe since his resignation. (/NAN)


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  • D. Aftermath

    Zimbabwe MuMu Don Do.

  • daniel

    It’s still a lot less than what Godswill Akpabio got for himself for his retirement benefits.

    • Wakawaka

      You are right! Akpabio stole for five generations and will repay somehow, someday. There is no greater thief…

  • Hinds Peter

    Well if you agreed to give him(Mugabe)these benefits.As gentlemen you will have to give him(Mugabe).Peter Carlos Hinds.King of the Zulu.Barbados.

  • Hinds Peter

    I wonder if in Barbadian law.If suspicion is equivalent to Superstition.Burnham practiced Obeah.Papa Doc practiced Voodoo.The prime minister of Grenada Gairy was in to the Occult.Is the Barbados Judiciary appealing to the Occult too?May be the police in Barbados.Could pay psychics to solve crimes.Peter Carlos Hinds.King of the Zulu.Barbados.

  • Hinds Peter

    They would not pay the pied piper.And you all saw the result.Peter Carlos Hinds.King of the Zulu.Barbados.

  • Ike Masha

    So much for a Marxist! There’s a US$ 7m to go with all these. Karl Marx must be feeling bemused in his grave.

    Karl Marx
    Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please.
    The rich will do anything for the poor but get off their backs.

  • Hinds Peter

    What ever system it is be it Marxism democracy or monarchy.It will be pyramidal.With a ruler at the top and many Subordinate leaders at the base of the Pyramid.And any of these rulers great or small could say that in order to make a machine.Be it Aeroplane ship or what ever.That that leader needs some expensive piece of equipment.To make the system great you had better give him that equipment.Or watch the pyramid fall.Peter Carlos Hinds.King of the Zulu.Barbados.

  • Hinds Peter

    Carl Marx did not know.That to make communism great.That you would need expensive industry and infrastructure.Or people like Hitler and countries like Italy.Would reverse all that was in his(Marx’s)communist manifesto.Peter Carlos Hinds.King of the Zulu.Barbados.