Mugabe looking forward to farming and staying at rural home


Former President Robert Mugabe is now looking forward to a new life of farming and staying at his rural home, his nephew Leo Mugabe said today.

Leo Mugabe was quoted by the French news agency AFP as saying Mugabe, who resigned last Tuesday, was in good health and in a jovial mood.

"He is fine. I have been to see him, he is quite jovial," he said.

"He is actually looking forward to his new life — farming and staying at the rural home. He has taken it well."

Mugabe will be turning 94 in February and was forced to step down after the military intervened to stop “criminals” that had surrounded him from taking over.

Three top members of the G40 faction of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front that backed Mugabe and his wife Grace appeared in court yesterday.

Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo is facing corruption charges while youth leader Kudzanayi Chipanga is accused of publishing falsehoods.

They were remanded to tomorrow for bail application.

Innocent Hamandishe who was youth commissar was remanded to 8 December. He is facing several counts of kidnapping.

Mugabe was assured immunity against prosecution and a hefty severance package which some reports say entitles him to $150 000 a month.

Although Zimbabweans are rejoicing at the ousting of Mugabe, critics are now beginning to question the military intervention with some arguing that the military stepped in to serve their own interests rather than those of the people although the people also benefitted from the ousting of a dictator.



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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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