New Cabinet has potential — Gono

HARARE - Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor Gideon Gono says the new cabinet announced by President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday has the capacity to carry the country forward.

Gono also hailed the appointment of former Justice minister, Patrick Chinamasa as the finance minister saying it was extremely reassuring that a new Cabinet had been installed and said the new finance boss will be equal to the task.

“Like everyone else in the country, we welcome the appointment and congratulate all those who have been honoured by His Excellency the president to occupy the frontline benches of service to our nation through the just-ended political processes,” Gono told the Daily News.

The new Cabinet takes office with an economic crisis in sight.

Under the inclusive government, Zimbabwe dug its way out of a crisis and has thrived.

The economy just posted its fourth consecutive growth; inflation is expected to be below five percent this year; and officials anticipate gross domestic product will surge.

Gono emphasised the need for teamwork in the new Cabinet team.

“A Cabinet is like a football team,” he said.

“It takes the whole team to win a match. Yes, there will always be individual flashes of  brilliance in any team but ultimately, what we now have is Team Zimbabwe Cabinet which should pull together in the same direction, putting aside sectarian interests in favour of national interests and cohesion, can make a positive difference in a very short space of time.

“Out there, people expect results like yesterday and no excuses.”

He added: “That being the case, one sees lots of potential in Team Cabinet Zimbabwe but potential alone is not enough. It is the translation of potential into specific energy and dexterity towards deliverables consistent with the said people’s expectations which matter most.”

The Cabinet  tasked with putting Zimbabwe back on track after the pro-business MDC’s ouster faces enormous challenges, from fixing the shattered economy to restoring democracy.

Some Zimbabweans who became disillusioned with the inclusive government  rule are willing to give it a chance.

“With less than a day in office, it is unfair and premature to prejudge  the team negatively,” Gono said.

“This is the best team available and they collectively and individually deserve everyone’s support.

“Of course every team needs time to assemble before starting to delight spectators with results — so as a nation we should allow this team time to settle down, set out its priorities and pronounce itself before taking pole positions in judgment.”

Comments (8)

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Vada - 12 September 2013

What business is it of Gono to appraise the appointment of cabinet? As Governor and architect of the monetary policy should be straying so far off his brief? Why not just welcome his new boss to the Reserve bank and leave it at that.Should he not be telling us what he as governor is going to be doing in that big building to augment the work of this cabinet rather pass laudatory comment about issues outside his brief. Zimbabwe suffers ( must say I do too) from know-it-all syndrome and celebrating mundanity and smallness. Its like the hype created around the former Finance minister who reduced himself to a bean counter and in the process neglected his main mandate which was to set policy direction. Because of this wholesale incompetence he ended up presiding over the death of industry as known in the land. The surprising thing he actually believed he was doing well. Excuse me, shouldnt there be some kind of training for these ministers so that they appreciate what is expected of them. Its like Chombo who seems to think he should be be stepping on the corns of the MDC 24/7 neglecting all his other duties..more like a one-trick pony.Zimbabwe is this unfortunate land where its ministers have no clue what their jobs entail..Someone should sit down with them and tell them what is really expected of them? Biti and Chinamasa are the same side of one coin..the damage they have done to their motherland can only be equated to matricide! As lawyers they should know how ugly this crime is.

gutter poet - 12 September 2013

gutter. these ministers will do well. they have already been trained by the mdc ministers for the past 4 years. its only that they are dull and are bound to make mistakes as usual. by the way mugabe has now doubt strenght. he is zanu by day and mdc by night. he will soon be introducing juice. mark my words.

sammy - 12 September 2013

If sinners become preacher then none bothers to listen Gono after all the looting can not teach Zimbabweans anything as if he has people at heart, shame on him.

fortune F T - 12 September 2013

Gono is a joke, Zimbabweans have every right to judge this cabinet because most of them oversaw the economic meltdown. 33 years we have these people and we are poorer than we ever were. God help us

Wezhira - 12 September 2013

Gono is clearly happy that a weak finance minister is coming in and the rbz can continue its "quasi fiscal" finance ministry duties

honai - 13 September 2013

Surely now l am doubting if GONO is really the man for the job,how can a radical former minister of law who has a qualification in law head a MINISTRY OF FINANCE this is a typical example that shows that ZANU is full of dead wood out of all their members there are NO qualified people to take these key positions even AUTOCRATS this time refused to be dragged into this MUD.The only thing that is going to happen now is the introduction of the ZIM DOLLAR that is why CHINAMASA has taken this post becoz he doesn't want to mend any relations with the international community.RBZ as we speak is gearing up for more radical approach towards our bank accounts ,watchout for a 24hrs notice of currency change becoz right now money is in short supply in some banks the solution to the problem is to convert the currency WELCOME BACK ZIM DOLLAR watch the space

CASHTALK - 13 September 2013

It's time as a people we stopped harping at who has commented on this or that in relation to their job. Gono, like every other Zimbabwean had an opportunity to comment and he exercised his freedom of observation and speech just like we all can. Lets not be like a Chihuahua which awaits the bulldog to bark at an intruder then we bark at the bulldog. Focus on more important and progressive comments than wayward criticism. He said what he said because that is what he believes. It is his right and freedom to speak without fear, Welcome to independence. Watch and learn from him.

Dadiso Dadiso - 16 September 2013

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