Mugabe’s Retirement Package Is Pretty Sweet

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe reviews the guard of honour during the country's 37th Independence Day celebrations at the National Sports Stadium in Harare April 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai NJIKIZANA (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)


Turns out being an ousted dictator isn’t such a bad gig if you can get it.

Zimbabwean state media reported this week that Robert Mugabe’s retirement package will include a fleet of cars, private air travel and a house… obviously all paid for by the government.

But don’t stress, that’s only four trips overseas each year on the private plane.

On top of that, Bob will also get at least 20 staff members – including six bodyguards, according to The Herald newspaper. There are also diplomatic passports for him and Grace.

Health insurance for him, Grace and ‘dependants’ is also included.

While the exact details of how much all of this is going to cost were not revealed, AFP reported that the country’s constitution stipulates that an ex-president is entitled to a pension equivalent to the salary of a sitting president.

Which cars will Mugabe get?

Mercedes Benz S500 Series or an equivalent class of sedan,
An all-terrain station wagon
And pickup van

What he needs those cars for, nobody knows. Those cars will be replaced every five years and the government will also pay for the fuel to run them. Nice, hey?

And where is his house?

Mugabe is entitled to a fully furnished house ‘anywhere in the capital’. He’ll also have his bills and ‘entertainment allowances’ covered.

Media reports in Zimbabwe also claimed that Mugabe was given a  $10-million retirement bonus sweetener – a claim the government has since denied.

While Mugabe was still clinging to power, several reports suggested that he has a net worth of over $1 billion.

Notorious whistle-blowers Wikileaks went so far as to claim Mugabe’s cash is stashed “from secret accounts in Switzerland, the Channel Islands and the Bahamas to castles in Scotland.”


Written by southhow

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