The hardline politician’s wife Grace is now concentrating on plans to build a university in his honour, his nephew Leo Mugabe said.
Zimbabwe announced plans in August to build the $1-billion post-graduate university in Mazowe, 20 miles outside Harare.
The plan drew fierce criticism as Mugabe is accused of brutal repression and bringing the country to economic ruin.
Leo said today: ‘He is actually looking forward to his new life – farming and staying at the rural home. He has taken it well.’