The offer was allegedly made by former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan back in 2000.MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai was to take over as head of state in a deal which was backed by the Americans.
“Kofi Annan, in the recent meeting in New York during the millennium summit offered Mugabe a deal to step down,” said the memo written in September 2000 and printed in Britain’s by The Observer newspaper.
“Although the MDC source said the MDC was not privy to the details, he surmised that Annan’s supposed deal probably included provision of safe haven and a financial package from Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi.
“The opposition party heard that Mugabe turned down the offer the following day after discussing it with the First Lady.”
Mugabe, 86, Africa’s oldest leader and in power since independence from Britain in 1980, reluctantly agreed to share power with his long time foe,Tsvangirai in a unity deal brokered by former South African president Thabo Mbeki in 2008.The signing of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) was followed by the formation of the coalition government comprising three parties, Zanu (PF) and the two formations of the MDC.
But the fragile unity government is threatened with collapse after Mugabe told his party,s annual conference last week that the GPA was almost dead and regretted sharing power with Tsvangirai.
Mugabe told the conference attended by more than 4000 delegates that he was “very confident” of victory after his party backed him to contest a likely election next year against Tsvangirai.