Gono has nation at heart: Biti

HARARE - Former Finance minister, Tendai Biti has heaped praise on Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono, describing him as a man with Zimbabwe at heart.

Speaking in an interview with a local radio station this week, the ex-finance minister described his former subordinate as a patriotic man who served Zimbabwe well.

“Gono has the nation at heart although some people wanted to use him and they indeed used him and just dumped him like that,” Biti said without giving details.

“We first had challenges, but eventually we had a very good working relationship. He (Gono) had the nation at heart,” Biti stated.

Gono’s term as Central Bank boss is coming to an end today after serving for 10 years.

He was appointed as Central Bank chief in 2003 at the height of economic downfall but is credited for standing the heat and saving  the economy through his “failure is not an option” approach.

Biti and Gono worked together during the lifespan of the inclusive government which was made up of three political parties.

Biti, who is also secretary-general of the opposition MDC, said before their relationship became cordial, it was characterised by suspicion and untrustworthiness, but they eventually found each other.

Comments (16)

If you agree to be used, especially to be used against the nation and its pipo then you are stupid so biti reserve your good comments about Gono this Gono that. He agrred to be used against us so fu...ck him.

shamiso - 30 November 2013

Bye.Bye.

ZIM$1 000 000 000 000 000 000 - 30 November 2013

go well duzvi you made me suffer

duzvi - 30 November 2013

should have gone 10 years ago. zim would have been in better shape. he is the one who stole my money

jack - 30 November 2013

I salute you urikutaura kwechikuru nyangwe mbavha parufu tinongoti munhu aigona kugarisana nevamwe asi isu tikarangarira mbavha yakatipa zhara 2008 . Ngaaende asadzoka mbavha yeZANU hama dzedu dzakafa nenhamo nepamusan pako . Biti you ar the one who drives reforms at RBZ so tinoti zvaiita ngaaende Chidhumo Masendeke weZANU pfutseki

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 30 November 2013

Biti taura chokwadi kwete zvekupenga izvo. We will not miss this guy. He is responsible for many evil things in this country.

Gono - 30 November 2013

This Biti guy has no tact at all. How can he heap praise for someone whom the MDC-T were calling to step down in 2008? This is the same guy who infamously said Mugabe was “a fountain of knowledge: a fountain of stability” what was he trying to say? Tendai Biti is a prize idiot. H e says some of the most nauseating nonsense. He also went to the US, when he was power-drunk, and told the US government that sanctions against ZanuPF should be lifted. He also negotiated the stupid ill-fated GPA - what a fool!

Musona - 30 November 2013

Sinjenjenje ngenxa kaGono , go Gono ,gone ..

Mpilo Moyo - 30 November 2013

Ignorant people are always used around the world. He should have known better.

chemedzanemburungwe - 1 December 2013

Very professional comments Biti.Pass the batton Gono.Others should follow.

Tawanda Barney Pfupajena - 1 December 2013

Gono takapazha mhepo, ropa mabasa ako hapana achaarangarira nemufaro. Biti stop showering praises for this sellout. Noone used him he created mhepo yenzara nevamwe vake.

chipazhamongo - 1 December 2013

THE financial meltdown was not the making of Gono he was simply the clean up Guy tasked to make sure that the apex bank did not collapse, becoz the collapse of a Reserve in any country means the collapse of the all other banks and businesses in the country it means the is no gvt to talk about. which is the reason why the RBZ had taken over the financing of all gvt ministries. on that he did a very good job.. the meltdown was simply becoz of our Politburo in Zpf. the economy then simply responded to the situation for the daily bread. look at how our own local banks collapsed simply becoz they lacked good governance n abused people's finances assisted by bad politics that over ran everything. UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES HE SERVED WELL, anyone else wud hav crumbled

tru - 1 December 2013

Biti do you remember in 2009 calling Gono an Alqaeda Terrorist who deserved to be killed by the firing squad . Tinozviziva Gono newe maiva mvura neoil saka urikungobwereketa mutauro wepanhamo

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 2 December 2013

Biti taura chokwadi pliz!!! We are an educated nation lest you forget. Do you remember in 2009 calling Gono an Alqaeda Terrorist who deserved to be killed by the firing squad????? . Tinozviziva Gono newe maiva mvura neoil saka USAREVA NHEMA.

Cash Talk - 2 December 2013

Biti taura chokwadi pliz!!! We are an educated nation lest you forget. Do you remember in 2009 calling Gono an Alqaeda Terrorist who deserved to be killed by the firing squad????? . Tinozviziva Gono newe maiva mvura neoil saka USAREVA NHEMA. Cash Talk - 2 December 2013

Cash Talk - 2 December 2013

Biti taura chokwadi pliz!!! We are an educated nation lest you forget. Do you remember in 2009 calling Gono an Alqaeda Terrorist who deserved to be killed by the firing squad????? . Tinozviziva Gono newe maiva mvura neoil saka USAREVA NHEMA. Cash Talk - 2 December 2013

Cash Talk - 2 December 2013

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