Besides getting immunity from prosecution, Zimbabwe’s ousted president Robert Mugabe will also get $10-million, medical cover and military protection, reports said on Saturday. In the event of his death, Mugabe’s wife Grace will be paid $5 million for the rest of her life.
No action will be taken against his and his family’s businesses either, The Guardian reported. Mugabe’s family is known to lead a lavish lifestyle.
Zimbabwe’s opposition have denounced the deal, calling it unconstitutional. “In terms of the constitution Mugabe is a retired president and does not have immunity to criminal or civil wrongdoing committed while in office. In Zanu-PF [his party], they can grant each other immunity, but the law does not authorise that,” Douglas Mwonzora, secretary general of the main opposition party the Movement for Democratic Change, told The Guardian.
On Friday, a Zimbabwe court had ruled that the military action taken against Mugabe was legal. He has been given immunity from prosecution, though former finance minister Ignatius Chombo, who was among those detained by the military when it seized power, appeared in court on Saturday to face charges of corruption.
Mugabe was ousted after a 37-year rule that has left the country impoverished. His government was accused of several human rights violations. He was also accused of maladministration, which has led to a collapse of Zimbabwe’s economy and healthcare system, among other administrative failures.