A file photo taken on May 24, 2014 showing former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe arriving with his wife Grace for the inauguration ceremony of South African President Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. AFP PHOTOA file photo taken on May 24, 2014 showing former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe arriving with his wife Grace for the inauguration ceremony of South African President Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. AFP PHOTO
By NAHASHON MUSUNGU

Even as Emmerson Mnangagwa took oath of office in Harare to serve as Zimbabwe President, details are emerging on how the country’s former President Robert Mugabe offered to trade his wife Grace Mugabe in order to retain power as part of the negotiations.

This revelation is contained in the South Africa’s Mail & Guardian newspaper.

The paper claims that the 93-year-old deposed head of state offered to send Grace outside Zimbabwe so that she could live out her days in exile so that he could remain president.

But Mnangagwa is reported to have declined this offer outright and when Mugabe attempted to cling on to power, his former Vice-President threatened to expose some damning secrets about his ex-boss.

CRIMINAL CHARGES

These include killings of thousands of people which Mugabe allegedly sanctioned during his Presidency, crimes that would have probably left him battling criminal charges for the remainder of his life.

On the flip side, the military ‘coup’ plotters made generous offers for Mugabe – who was detained separately from Grace in the same house all this while – including access to full state pension and all other benefits as long as he voluntarily stepped down.

Zanu-PF officials have confirmed that part of the negotiated settlement is that Mugabe and his family will not face legal action and will be allowed to retain all their assets.