Mugabe will have a say in Zimbabwe politics: mediator

Harare: Robert Mugabe may no more be Zimbabwe’s president but he will continue to have a say in its politics, a Jesuit priest who negotiated his resignation told the BBC.

Father Fidelis Mukonori, long associated with Mugabe, said the latter would play the role of an elder statesman and advice leaders including the new president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

During his swearing-in ceremony on Friday, Mnangagwa described Mugabe as his father, comrade-in-arms, leader and mentor.

Father Mukonori said Mugabe resigned for the good of Zimbabwe and that was the best thing he had ever done.

Local media said Mugabe’s resignation deal included US$ 10 million, health coverage, security and protection of his business interests.

Mugabe’s nephew Leo Mugabe told AFP that his uncle is in a jovial mood and he is looking forward to his new life of farming and staying at the rural home.

Leo said his aunt Grace Mugabe wants to build $1bn Robert Mugabe University in Mazowe near Harare.