Gono refuses to take credit

HARARE - Retired Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor Gideon Gono yesterday refused to take credit for government’s climb-down on the controversial indigenisation policy.

Gono said ultimately it is the nation not individuals who should benefit from the programme.

During his last years at the helm of the central bank, Gono clashed with former minister of Indigenisation, Savior Kasukuwere on the implementation of the policy with the retired RBZ governor openly criticising the youthful minister’s policies.

For his stance against the way the policy was being implemented, Gono was described by some in Zanu PF as a sell-out and “house nigger” especially when he refused to endorse deals involving Zimplats and six other major firms which would have seen a private consulting company pocketing tens of millions of dollars.

But yesterday, the State media reported that the government climb-down was a major victory for Gono and other policy moderates.

In a telephone interview yesterday, Gono remained modest and said there was nothing wrong in people debating development issues.

“It’s a misnomer and inappropriate to call this positive shift in Government thinking a victory for or defeat of anyone. Policy formulation and implementation are not exact sciences where there is one answer to a mathematical question like 1 + 1 which is 2.

“When different minds vigorously debate something and initially differ but eventually sing from the same hymn and page, the victory belongs to the people who will ultimately benefit from a clearer policy position and not individuals.

“The debates were never about personalities but of ideas, and for me, there are more areas which we need to attend to in unison of mind for the benefit of the economy and one of them is how to resolve the country’s liquidity challenge.

“It can be resolved easily if we put our heads together. We have experienced worse challenges before and conquered,” said the retired Gono, now a full time farmer.

In response to an assertion that he was a moderate in the government system, Gono said: “The stage at which we are in this economy requires soberness of mind and pragmatism in peoples’ actions rather than arrogance or extremism to the right or left. I don’t know what to call that”.

Comments (9)

Gono is good. Christianity makes people better, not some some of these drunk and arrogant guys. A minister must really serve his/her nation not self-serving, nepotistic and tribal. Let us build Zimbabwe please.

Bigboy Shumba - 26 May 2014

Bullshit. Christianity is just a hobby and has nothing to do with level headedness. Neither is drunkeness.

Sangoma ve/mheni - 26 May 2014

Vana Sangoma. Tauraiwo zvine musoro. Kutuka ndiko kudii? Gono though modest, has been consistent in his wise counsel on the indigenisation debate. Everyone who is informed will attest to this. Why are you attacking Christianity? It is not a hobby but a belief derived from soul searching and a desire to re-establish a relationship with God. Can't you see that Gono is not like the murderers. rapists, fraudsters, and dealers of this world who you will easily identify by the way they communicate with others, the way they claim credit for what they have not done, the way they even lie to the President whilst pretending to be the most loyal etc. You know them. Everyone who cares knows these people who unfortunately live amongst us. If you are a real sangoma. I doubt you would be qualified to speak authoritatively about Christianity for you can't be an authority for something you are not even a member of. If these press reports are true then Gono has been vindicated. And we must pay tribute to him for his contribution, not scorn him or denigrate him for his Christian belief. Zimbabweans we must learn to discuss issues, not personalities. We must abandon hate and jealousy.

Truth - 26 May 2014

Savior must explain his policies on the indeginisation that has led the country to what it is today

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WERTHHG - 27 May 2014

deeds should realise that history is the study of the past. Asking Savior to explain blah-blah-blah can't fix the economy. We need people who always look forward. Imi zvakabhena ZimDollar makambonzinanani mutitsanangurire the reason for that.

Mhofu - 27 May 2014

True , Gono is indeed vindicated.We hope gvt is serious. To hell with SAVIOR's selfishness. That man is not ministerial material.One wonders whether he really loves Zimbabwe.

GURADEMA - 27 May 2014

When all kinds of insults were being hurled at Gono, he never flinched, he was consistent with his views regarding the Indegenisation policy and for that I have great respect for him. He may have overseen the worst period in our economic history but I believe the guy has learnt a thing or two and has some clues on the way forward.

Dr Know - 27 May 2014

When I look at this issue deeply, I can only see that Gono is earmarked for the Finance Ministry. Also note that Biti has quit MDC, they also want to romp him in together with Gono. Hold on, hanti manzwa kuti nyaya yaKereke has been moved to September, to pave way for Gono.

Command Center - 28 May 2014

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