Ousted Zim vice president still being paid – minister

2015-04-16 14:14
Zimbabwe's vice president Joice Mujuru (AFP)

Zimbabwe's vice president Joice Mujuru (AFP)

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Harare - Zimbabwe has not stopped paying ex-vice president Joice Mujuru her salary, although some payments to her account may have been delayed, Information Minister Jonathan Moyo said on Thursday.

"Nobody can take away her constitutional entitlements. No! Delayed disbursements maybe," Moyo tweeted in response to a story in the privately-owned Newsday.

The paper said Mujuru's salary had been stopped as part of a government campaign "to reduce her to an ordinary citizen after expelling her from the ruling party and government".

Mujuru was sacked in December last year following accusations that she and her supporters had plotted to overthrow long-time president Robert Mugabe, 91. She was Zimbabwe's first ever female vice president and had held the post for 10 years.

Under Zimbabwean law, a former vice president (and a former president) must be paid their salaries for the rest of their lives.

It is not clear exactly how much Mujuru was paid during her term of office. Mugabe last month said he was paid $12 000 per month and was "suffering".

Moyo, who is part of a faction of Zanu-PF that supported Mujuru's sacking, said that the former army commander's widow's terminal benefits might have been delayed.

"Delay would be on payment of her terminal benefits & not to salary, she's on [government] payroll," he said in a tweet.

The Newsday report claimed that Mujuru's security staff had also been withdrawn.

Mujuru and one of her top allies, Didymus Mutasa, insist that they are part of the "genuine" Zanu-PF, even though they have been expelled from the ruling party. They have not formally launched a new party, though there are reports they may be planning to do so.

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