Mugabe ‘demands cash’… and ‘he’s been getting $20,000 a month’

HARARE – Former president Robert Mugabe doesn’t want to join cash-starved Zimbabwe’s bank queues: he wants to get his money out in cash- just like he’s always done.

It has emerged that the 94-year old was getting $20,000 a month in cash while he was president- while telling ordinary citizens they should adopt plastic money.

The former president is now asking for a lump sum pay-out of nearly half a million US dollars plus his monthly pension of more than $13,000 in cash.

The chairperson of the Public Service Commission Mariyawanda Nzuwah wrote in a letter to central bank chief John Mangudya: “The former president was being paid his salary in cash and he has requested that the same arrangement be maintained.”

“We are kindly requested to avail cash amounts to R467,200 and monthly cash amounts of $13,333 for us to pay the former president of Zimbabwe his pension benefits,” said the letter.

This news will fuel anger in a country where chronic cash shortages have plagued ordinary Zimbabweans for nearly two years. A source in the office of new president said Emmerson Mnangagwa recently turned down an attempt to be paid in cash like his predecessor.

The president is reported to have told a visiting government bank official “that if he needed cash he would queue for it like everyone else because the cash shortages affected all Zimbabweans and he would demand no such preferential and irregular treatment.”

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