Vastavam web: Robert Mugabe’s nephew said today the ousted Zimbabwean president was in good health and “quite jovial” after being forced to resign when a military takeover ended his 37 years in power.Leo Mugabe however declined to discuss the USD 10-million retirement bonus reportedly granted to the 93-year-old former president as part of a deal that finally persuaded him to resign on Tuesday.But he added that Mugabe’s wife Grace was now concentrating on plans to build a university in his honour.
“I like the spirit she has, she is with him all the time.She is an amazing person. She wants to continue planning the Robert Mugabe University so they have something to do,” he said.In the exit negotiations, Mugabe was granted a USD 10- million lump sum, full immunity and allowed to keep his assets, according to the respected Zimbabwe Independent newspaper.He will still be paid his full salary, in line with constitution, while Grace Mugabe will reportedly receive half his pay after his death.
Asked about the deal, Mugabe’s long-time spokesman George Charamba told AFP that “the package of a retiring president will be defined (by) law”.Mnangagwa, a former close ally of Mugabe for decades, has vowed sweeping changes to revive the country’s moribund economy.In his inaugural address on Friday, Mnangagwa also paid tribute to Mugabe, describing him as one of the “founding fathers of our nation”.Critics fear Mnangagwa – who has been accused of overseeing violence and ethnic massacres – could prove as authoritarian as his predecessor.Activist pastor Evan Mawaire called on Sunday for Mugabe to face justice, saying that further demonstrations could erupt if people believe there was no accountability for decades of state crimes.
“A lot of people in this country have been wronged and oppressed, it is important they see justice playing out,” Mawaire told AFP after preaching at his small church in Harare.Mugabe made a defiant televised address last Sunday two days before he resigned, but he and his wife’s current whereabouts is not known.