I'll kick them out: Mugabe

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday attacked the State media for using extraordinary measures to impose a media blackout on retired Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono, saying he would kick out those responsible.

Mugabe was speaking after touring Gono’s highly-mechanised Donnington Farm in Norton.

He said  the “Press” has embarked on a campaign to stifle Gono, which he said started with unofficial censorship and self-censorship, and quickly evolved into open gagging of the Senator-designate by State media outlets.

“And kuPress, they tell me some of them that they are not allowed to print anything that has to do with VaGono and say izvi ndezvaVaGono (this was done by Gono),” Mugabe said. “Ahhh, why not? Ndingade kumuziva iyeye anonzi ari kudaro (I would like to know who is saying that).

“I visited this project, I am happy with what I have seen and I wish that many of our people could come and learn how Dr Gono and Mai (Mrs) Gono have put this together. But also perhaps even try to discuss with him, even to be assisted how to run small chicken projects in our various places. He is ready to do that.



Former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono leads President Robert Mugabe during a tour of New Donnington Farm in Norton. Pic: Annie Mpalume

“Since when did he become the enemy of the party and of government? Ah hameno (I don’t know). So the Press, Press, Press, Press, if indeed you have been instructed not to write your articles and say what you have seen is a project yaVaGono (Gono’s) and say only you have seen some project by a Zimbabwean,  I would want you to,  if you are going to write about this, and say the president, yes, visited VaGono naMai Gono kuproject yavo yekuno semaitiro andagara ndichiita gore ne gore (...Gono and his wife at his I’ll kick them out: MugabeFROM P1

project as I do year in year out). VaGono ndivo vandavhakachira (I have visited Gono). No other person.

“If anyone says you should not have written their names, come and tell me and that person will get my boot on his backside. No and we don’t want to be doing that to each other.

“But we don’t want also this clandestine secret way of going at each other and avoiding each other.

“Hanzi vangatitorere mabasa. Vanokutorerai mabasa api? Mune mabasa enyu amakapiwa nani? Handiti ndini ndakavapa ini (They say he will get their jobs. What job? Who gave you those jobs. Isn’t it me who gave you those jobs?) Anywhere there it is, we work together.”

Mugabe’s remarks have fuelled speculation that Gono  is the favourite to be named Zimbabwe’s new Finance minister in an impending reshuffle with the economic crisis flaring and investors scrutinising Zimbabwe’s widening deficit.

Gono is a disciple of Mugabe who revels in steering the economy through sanctions-induced difficulties. 

Gono resigned as governor in Zimbabwe’s  central bank in December at the end of his second five-year term, with Charity Dhliwayo stepping in as acting governor. 

Gono, born in November 1959, was appointed to head the central bank in December 2003 from the CBZ Bank like his successor John Mangudya and said he took the job because he relished the challenge.

Gono was re-appointed as Central Bank governor for a second five-year term in November 2008, a term which expired in December.

Mugabe said Gono was appointed to head the central bank because of his success story in turning around the CBZ bank.

“He worked with us for a long time, CBZ ndovakaimutsa, vakauya takavaita (he revived it and we) appoint(ed him) governor of the (central) bank, 10 years, the last five years, not very good because of the GNU tinozviziva (we know), we all know what the problem was,” Mugabe said.

The 90-year-old Zanu PF leader said Gono was a businessman of note who borrowed money to finance his farming and fast-growing chicken industry.

“He borrowed money for the project even though he was in the Reserve Bank, he was also a borrower,” Mugabe said.

“He still owes. But he will pay, he has the capacity to pay, that’s what happens in business. If you owe and you have no capacity to pay, ah, then you must liquidate, you see. And so let’s learn  a few lessons from him. He wants this knowledge to get to others.”

Mugabe described Gono as “business minded”

“Mai Gono tinotenda, zvikanganwahama tazvidya zvakawanda, hatikukanganwei (We ate a lot of gizzards, we won’t forget you) in spite of that. Zvinoita kuti tirambe tichikuyeukai (We will continue to remember you),” Mugabe said.

Gono said he was ready to move in and help those who have been unable to utilise their farms.

“Those of our colleague landowners who may not  have been able for one reason or another to be able to farm to the full this year, we have gone offshore, so to speak, offshore meaning outside the boundaries of our farms, to get close to 4-5 thousand hectares to try and make sure we fully utilise our land, so we hope next year, we do three, four times that.

“Not that we are encouraging people not to be serious about farming, but whoever is not able to utilise their farm we are there to move in for maximum utilisation,” Gono said.

Comments (44)

So Jonathan Moyo is still fighting to ostracize Gono, what a shame. Mugabe has made it clear that he will give Gono a job and hopefully as finance minister. Do you guys remember Jonso using the Herald to say that Mugabe will not make a reshuffle and will not fire Chinamasa. We all thought he had been sent by Mugabe but no, it is him who will be kicked out by Mugabe. All we need is for Mugabe to do what is right for the economy and not listen to factional zealots.

moses mutoko - 28 March 2014

Gono for President, cant you see Mugabe is grooming this guy

Jimmy - 28 March 2014

Please chibvisai picture ya simba chikore yakuti bhowa manje. pfutseki mhani

stombolo - 28 March 2014

Gono is a presidential material. I kinda of like the Guy, especially his last term as RBZ boss. He was level headed and mature. Mugabe might be telling us something now about his possible successor

chipo - 28 March 2014

I, agree that Dr Gono is being groomed to take over the presidency. Forget about Mnangagwa an d Mai Juru. The President is a very intelligent person he knows exactly who will step in his shoes...and that person is Dr Gono...watch the space....

Rings - 28 March 2014

Stomblo wakakwana here kutaura zvinonyadzisa kudai paruzhinji. Uri rupazho gwenyemba chaigo.

studio77 - 28 March 2014

Abusive language again...But the editor put right there for the fools to see...But one thing for sure vanotuka vese ndivo vakafoira muhupenyu..hakuna munhu akablesswa with energy to scold, and say abusive language.Tiri kuchikoro shasha dzekunyomba ndiwo aiva madofo aingona izvozvo..nanhasi ndivo vapera kubata mishonga,nehuroyi thinking kuti kupfuma mishonga chete...Lets appreciate what is good and bless so that we are also blessed.Stop press abuse!

CHIVANDAIDZE - 28 March 2014

Dear President, the nation is more concerned about corruption, state of the economy, job creation and food. To hear about Gono and why he's not in the papers is not our worry Mr President. Please comment on matters that are relevant that affect the populace and not this hullaballoo about Gidza. He has his own paper, let it write about him!

Onini - 28 March 2014

When I saw the headline I thought the Bob was talking about his corrupt minister and MPs alas he is talking about reporters kuti teverai Gono and report about him, this man is just too old to rule this country if we are expecting a better Zimbabwe.

Maita Manyuka - 28 March 2014

This "Donnington" in Donnington Farm is Gono's father or family name? I thought these guys were keen on changing all "Rhodesian" names?

Galore 123 - 28 March 2014

The President must also take time to groom someone who can be a president material and Dr GG is the one. Whether you like it or not. To me its a fact.

Pragmatic - 28 March 2014

The President must also take time to groom someone who can be a president material and Dr GG is the one. Whether you like it or not. To me its a fact.

Pragmatic - 28 March 2014

Va Mugabe please fire Chinamasa and Jonathan. Gono is qualified to be Finance Minister.

shumba - 28 March 2014

It is clear that someone abusing the Herald to settle personal scores. Mugabe must kick out Moyo for abusing government newspapers as if he owns them.

mushonga - 28 March 2014

Why would Gono wants to help non performing farmers now?? he had a contract growing division which folded some 2/3 years back and a number of workers were laid off. What has changed now, and where will he get the mula from?? He is a failed farmer cum businessman mhani. That visit by Mugabe is political nothing else.

Tawa zaru - 28 March 2014

Uyu watuka wazopfuurisa zvake,Ha-a,varume zvimwe ndezvimwe,Picture yemukwasha wa President ngaichibviswa,hapana vo dzimwe here,hausi mweya weBootlicking here uyu,kana kuti zvimwe kutoninipisa Simba ikoku,Ha-a, kana ndiri seni ndaneta ne Pic-iyoyi,SAKA NGAIBVISWE!

Taneta nayo - 28 March 2014

I m concerned that the reporter seem to have missed the story. In the present climate the issue of productivity, and not personalities. If its personalities that are of interest, what is it they are doing for the economy. Gono is producing chicken. Wha about everyone else, what are the producing

george bachinche - 28 March 2014

Shuwa president kumunda neSuit here

Suit - 28 March 2014

All you guys need to ask if Gono is doing anything newsworthy for him to be under the spotlight of the media. You cant write about his own private chicken company. Its his own company!

observer - 29 March 2014

i like it most if the president is grooming Gono for Presidency. He is strategic in approach. 2008 was not easy guys but the guys couldn't run out of ideas. He tried under impossible situations. I just don't know if he has a military background which is still very key in African politics for one to lead a country.

Tichaona Revai Sithole - 29 March 2014

i like it most if the president is grooming Gono for Presidency. He is strategic in approach. 2008 was not easy guys but the guys couldn't run out of ideas. He tried under impossible situations. I just don't know if he has a military background which is still very key in African politics for one to lead a country.

Tichaona Revai Sithole - 29 March 2014

i like it most if the president is grooming Gono for Presidency. He is strategic in approach. 2008 was not easy guys but the guys couldn't run out of ideas. He tried under impossible situations. I just don't know if he has a military background which is still very key in African politics for one to lead a country.

Tichaona Revai Sithole - 29 March 2014

Iwe editor zvakabvepi zvekuchengeta ma images e news dzakapera kare. Munoda bhutsu yavaMugabe. Bvisai simba chikore uyo naatezvara vake! !!!!!!!!

chipazhamongo - 29 March 2014

I agree with Stombolo. Chipicture chemukwasha vaVaMugabe ngachichibve . Taneta kuchiona. Isu vakwasha tinavowo.

svinurai - 29 March 2014

Zimbabweans have short memory ,they full of praising Gono the very same person who took us for ride bt some zimbos have already forgetting ,praising him as the presidential candidate,mazidofo

jukwa - 29 March 2014

hayi mgabe should groom Simba Chokoore umkhwenyana wakhe

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 31 March 2014

Groomed? musatisetsa zve imi. Who has ever been groomed by anyone in ZANU? Unoozvimirira, uchiurayawo kuti ukwire. Hakuna zvanagrooming muZanu. Makava akatomumirira kutaura so. Anoswera ajoina Chindori Chininga uyu. Vhunzai isu vanaTongo.

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Pumps - 1 April 2014

Gono for president kaone manje.VaMugabe siyai magadzirisa ipapo munenge matigonera.

sam - 1 April 2014

Gono did what was required nguva yaakazviita so that shows his astuteness.sando dzake.regaiwo adye namambo

aiwa - 1 April 2014

Gono is a better Presidential candidate than Mai Mujuru or Mnangagwa.

Sekuru Chakuchichi Botaremhunga - 1 April 2014

No to abusive/hate language on this forum

Mdhara - 3 April 2014

You pipo are not serious. This is like the devil training his top demon and you think and hope he will be different....... HE WILL NOT. "Species of the same plumage flock in close proximity"

MKWAYINA - 3 April 2014

If we all had the opportunity to purchase Isuszus D/C for everyone in the country, Baccoss, tractors for rural councillors who did not need them, siphon the entire population's savings and the other things inorder to create personal wealth, i am sure we would be doing better things than raring chickens.

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Simba Chikore - 1 May 2015

Point of correction editor- the president is 91 years old

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