Former vice president and leader of the opposition National People’s Party (NPP), Joice Mujuru has claimed that she has never received any of her government benefits despite serving as vice President for 10 years. Mujuru was fired from government and the Zanu-PF party in 2014, after allegations that she wanted to topple former president Robert Mugabe. Mujuru complained that Mugabe withdrew all the benefits that she was legally entitled to. Mujuru also said that the government wanted to repossess her house, after mistakenly thinking that it was government property.
Speaking the online publication, New Zimbabwe, Mujuru said:
The people who wanted to repossess the house thought it was a government property and wanted me to vacate and make way for then VP Mphoko who was then staying in a hotel.
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I have read about it that I am receiving benefits from the State as the former VP, but to tell the truth, I am only getting my pension as a former government employee because I contributed to that.
Mugabe even told me that all the workers that remained will not be getting salaries from the government and I am the one who will be responsible for their salaries.I was left with no choice because if I just let them go, imagine how many families would suffer.
Former Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has also demanded his benefits and is in the process of engaging the Government to negotiate an exit package. He has engaged Professor Welshman Ncube as his legal representative in the matter.
Ironically, Mugabe himself received a handsome payoff package from the government which includes:
- not less than six security personnel which can be increased by such number as might be determined by the Head of State and Government whenever and for such period as the need arise.
- two drivers, two private secretaries and two aide-de-camp officers or personnel assistance and two office attendants.
- a fully-furnished office and a landline telephone and a cellphone, two computers and such other office equipment and materials as might be determined by the President.
- fully-furnished official residence at any place in Harare.
- housing allowance to be determined by the sitting President, or a single private residence acquired or constructed on his or her behalf at any place of his or her choice in Zimbabwe or payment of a lump sum equal to the value of the private residence.
- three domestic employees, and two gardeners, two cooks and two waiters and two laundry persons
- an allowance covering medical aid contributions for Mugabe, his or her spouse in this case Grace Mugabe and any dependent child.
- a diplomatic passport, first class air and rail private travel within the country up to a maximum of four trips per year for him and Grace.
- international air private travel up to a maximum of four trips per annum including the spouse if he or she accompanies the former President.
- one sedan (Mercedes Benz S500 Series or an equivalent class of motor vehicle), one four-wheel drive station wagon or equivalent, and a pickup van. The vehicles will be replaced after every five years.
- An adequate number of vehicles as might be determined by the President should be at the disposal of security personnel and other staff serving the former President.
- Fuel costs borne by the Government.
- Other benefits are entertainment allowance to be determined by the President and payment of utility bills such as water, electricity, telephone in respect of the office and official residence of the former President.
- In the case of the official residence if the former President dies, his or her surviving spouse, or if there is no surviving spouse, his or her dependent child, must continue to be provided with suitable State residential accommodation until (i) in the case of a surviving spouse, the date on which he or she dies or remarries, or whichever occurs first and (ii) in the case of a dependent child, the date on which he or she dies or the date on which he or she attains the age of 21 years, whichever event occurs first
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