“Mnangagwa Right On Mugabe’s Pension”

Legal experts, Professor Lovemore Madhuku and Minister of State for Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs Advocate Martin Dinha have said that President Emmerson Mnangagwa acted within the law when he gazetted pensions and retirement benefits due to a former Head of State and Government. The pensions and retirement benefits were gazetted in an Extraordinary Government Gazette in terms of Presidential Pension and Retirement Benefits (Services and Facilities for former Presidents) Notice, 2017.

Said Madhuku:

The main issues of benefits and allowances are already specified in the Presidential Pensions and Retirement Benefits Act. Section 3 of that Act lists benefits and allowances that are due to a former President and what is only left to the sitting President to determine is the quantum of those benefits, which is what was gazetted last week. The President is only given a limited role to determine the quantum of the benefits and can only be questioned on that and not on whether a former President deserves it or not as the public debate seems to be suggesting.

Dinha concurred with Madhuku and said:

Speaking as a lawyer, I categorically submit that the promulgation of the notice by President Mnangagwa as set out in terms of Section 3(1) of the Presidential Pension and Retirement Benefits Act was done aboveboard. The law is clear on this aspect and was in existence prior to the notice. So anyone saying the matter should have gone to Parliament or any other authority is ignorant of the law. What the President set is provided for by the law and reasonable and justifiable. The limited number of cars, the scaled down security and even the total cost of the package speak to the great consideration Government put to match the exit package and the situation in the country.

More: Herald

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