Former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe has been granted immunity from prosecution, sources close to the negotiations said on Thursday. This was part of the deal he brokered which saw him resign as President of Zimbabwe.
According to the source, Mugabe was assured that his safety would be protected in his home country, because Mugabe wants to die in his home country and has no plans to go into exile.
The 93-year-old leader ruled Zimbabwe for close to four decades but stepped down on Tuesday following pressure from the army and after the ruling party turned against him.
There were rumours that he and his wife Grace were planning to flee.
One source told Reuters: “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.”
Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former vice president, is set to be sworn in as president on Friday.
Zimbabwe was once one of Africa’s most promising economies but suffered decades of decline as Mugabe pursued policies that included the violent seizure of white-owned commercial farms and money-printing that led to hyperinflation.