World Inside the deal that removed Mugabe from power

01:36  27 november  2017
01:36  27 november  2017 Source:   Sky News

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Hence, they will not fully humiliate Mugabe , the liberation hero by forcefully removing him from power . Had they gone ahead and announced that Mugabe is removed and succeeded by Emmerson Mnangagwa, for example, the military would have then had to deal with the consequences

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Robert Mugabe has led Zimbabwe for more than 30 years© Getty Robert Mugabe has led Zimbabwe for more than 30 years

The excitement and expectation of this momentous week in Zimbabwe was intoxicating, but it is calming down now.

The new president is in office but at what cost to the nation?

It is widely reported that former president Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace could get a $10m retirement bonus, immunity from prosecution and carte blanche to continue their luxurious lifestyle.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change are furious, saying it is an unconstitutional stitch-up that was little more than a bribe to get the president to stand down.

Douglas Mwonzora, the MDC secretary general, told me they will fight the deal in the courts according to the constitution - which specifically outlines the future status of former presidents.

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Hence, they will not fully humiliate Mugabe , the liberation hero by forcefully removing him from power . Had they gone ahead and announced that Mugabe is removed and succeeded by Emmerson Mnangagwa, for example, the military would have then had to deal with the consequences

"This looks pretty much like a big bribe for the president in return for something and one can only think that it is in return to stepping down," he said.

"President Mugabe should not have cost Zimbabweans any more, any cent more for leaving, for leaving the throne," he added.

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HARARE (Reuters) – Inside State House in Harare, Robert Mugabe was in the tightest spot of his 37-year rule. Two sources with knowledge of the talks told Reuters that Chiwenga asked if China would agree not to interfere if he took temporary control in Zimbabwe to remove Mugabe from power .

Grace Mugabe© Reuters Grace Mugabe The man who acted as the negotiator between the then president and the generals said his old friend was in good spirits and had realised his time was up when the army appeared on the streets.

Roman Catholic priest Fidelis Mukonori told me the exact details of that negotiation and what was agreed with the first family are not public, but he confirmed finances were a large part of the process and that Mugabe and the army organised the handover of power between them.

"President Mugabe said where are you Emmerson (Mnangagwa)? Come, come, come right away.

"We need to fix this, we need to handle this," he said describing the final days of the presidency.

"The thinking that time, the planning that time, was when he, as soon as he would arrive, perhaps within the next 24 hours more or less, they would sit together, plan together, work out together issues pertaining to the party issues, pertaining to government, that would lead into the smooth handover, takeover."

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HARARE - Following exiled former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s chilling threats that he would be back in the country in a few weeks’ time to grab power from President Robert Mugabe , the He depends upon a coup from inside the country — but I doubt whether the generals will do that.

Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe was granted immunity from prosecution and assured that his safety would be protected in his home country as part of a deal that led to his resignation. Mugabe had clung on to power precariously for a week after the military intervened.

Mrs Mugabe has made no secret of her desire to succeed her husband© Getty Mrs Mugabe has made no secret of her desire to succeed her husband On the question of money and assets, he added this: "If that what belongs to him through his own hard work is his, what is the problem?

"But if you are alluding that he took that which was not his, that's a different matter," he said.

The ostentatious excesses of the first family irritated everyone in Zimbabwe.

Pictures posted on social media of Grace's sons out clubbing, showing off $1,300 drinks bills and pouring champagne over a $60,000 watch, an attempt by Grace and her supporters to take over the President's Zanu-PF party, and the sacking of Mr Mnangagwa - all these things together were simply too much for the military to accept.

So they acted.

It was a coup in all but name.

Outside of Harare and the major cities the poverty of Zimbabwe is quite striking.

Just a few minutes into the countryside, people who will always have lived a simple rural life are suffering terrible hardship.

They are poorer than they have ever been and they have no work.

The new president is promising an economic revolution but many will question if handing millions to a former leader who was responsible for all this is really a good start.

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