Zimbabwe grants Robert Mugabe immunity and protection from prosecution for resigning

Zimbabwe grants Robert Mugabe immunity and protection from prosecution for resigning

- Zimbabwe has granted former president Robert Mugabe immunity from prosecution

- Sources close to the negotiations said his safety would be protected as part of a deal that led to his resignation

- Mugabe resigned on Tuesday, November 21, as parliament began a process to impeach him

Former president Robert Mugabe has been granted immunity from prosecution as part of a deal that led to his resignation, sources close to the negotiations said on Thursday, November 23.

NAIJ.com gathered that the 93-year-old leader has also been assured that his safety will be protected in Zimbabwe.

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Sources close to the resignation negotiations claimed Mugabe wants to die in his home country and has no plans to go into exile.

One source speaking to Reuters said: "It was very emotional for him and he was forceful about it," said the source, who is not authorised to speak on the details of the negotiated settlement.

"For him it was very important that he be guaranteed security to stay in the country...although that will not stop him from travelling abroad when he wants to or has to.”

The 93-year-old will receive a retirement package that includes a pension, housing, holiday and transport allowance, health insurance, limited air travel and security.

The former president was “rugged and drained” by events of the past week and may travel to Singapore for medical checks in the coming weeks, the source said.

Mugabe has maintained that he leads a frugal life and that he does not possess any wealth or properties outside Zimbabwe.

In a previous report by NAIJ.com, Mugabe resigned as president on Tuesday, November 21, as parliament began an impeachment process, after resisting pressure to do so for a week.

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CNN reported that when the news of Mugabe's resignation broke, crowds in the streets of Harare broke out in rapturous celebrations, raising their fists and waving Zimbabweans flags to mark the historic moment.

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Source: Naija.ng

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