Zimbabwe’s military has granted the African nation’s former president and his wife immunity from prosecution, according to CNN.
CNN on Thursday reported that the move allows Robert Mugabe and Grace Mugabe to remain in Zimbabwe after the former’s recent ouster there.
A spokesman for the Zimbabwean Defense Forces on Thursday told CNN that an agreement about immunity for the couple had been reached.
Col. Overson Mugwisi added that the decision includes a guarantee of safety for both Robert Mugabe and his spouse.
Robert Mugabe had spent a week negotiating his departure from power with Zimbabwe’s military before Thursday’s announcement.
Zimbabwe’s military seized control of the country’s capital city, Harare, last week, and it then placed Robert Mugabe under house arrest.
Sources on Thursday told CNN that frustrated Zimbabwean military officials gave into Robert Mugabe’s demands for immunity after a long, drawn-out process over his exit.
The deal also allowed Robert Mugabe to keep several of his properties in Zimbabwe before he resigned last Tuesday.
Robert Mugabe’s departure marked a historic moment in world history after he ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years.
The former leader is widely alleged to have maintained his grip on power by rigging Zimbabwe’s elections.
The politician is also accused of having ordered a string of massacres in the early-to-mid 1980s that targeted opposition strongholds.
Robert Mugabe allegedly issued the command to consolidate his control, and roughly 20,000 people were killed during that period.
Emmerson Mnangagwa – who is Robert Mugabe’s former right-hand man – returned to Zimbabwe on Wednesday.
Zimbabwe’s new interim president promised the same day that he would take the nation into a “new and unfolding democracy.”
Mnangagwa added that he is in “constant contact” with Zimbabwean military officials during its operation to remove Robert Mugabe.
The interim president is known as “The Crocodile” and has been a central player in Zimbabwe’s political turmoil since Robert Mugabe fired him as its vice president earlier this month.