Kereke diverting attention: Gono

HARARE - Ex-Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono says his former advisor, Munyaradzi Kereke must take his concerns to the Central Bank instead of using personal attacks to divert attention from serious issues grappling the nation.

This comes after Kereke wrote to the police and the Prosecutor-General’s Office claiming that Gono had deducted tax amounting to $411 310 from his $1,3 million exit package, which he says the retired governor never remitted to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.

“Regarding the PAYE (pay as you earn) issue raised by my erstwhile former PA, Dr Kereke, it’s instructive to note that RBZ, not Gideon Gono, and is funded by government,” Gono said.

“RBZ owes hundreds of individuals and institutions a lot of money which when government eventually funds the bank, it will pay monies that are due to the said institutions and individuals.

“Trying to personalise institutional issues and present them as a scandal is in itself a scandal of unimaginable proportions whose real motive can only be to divert public attention from real  and genuine issues the courts and publics are aware of which need my accuser to stand in the dock and cleanse himself of, and not to spend time misleading people.

“We are a nation of simple people and should be spared these theatrics.

“If Kereke has real issues, he knows where to go in search of answers.
“There is a new governor at the bank who can assist him. Zimra knows where to go if there are any issues.”

President Robert Mugabe appointed economist and former CBZ chief executive officer John Mangudya as the new governor of the RBZ.

The appointment was effective May 1, running for the next five years.

Gono resigned in November at the end of his second five-year term.

He was appointed to head the Central Bank in December 2003 and said he took the job because he relished the challenge.

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

Gono is due to be confirmed senator soon and indications are that he might join government in a top position amid swelling rumours that he is earmarked for the Finance ministry portfolio.

Gono is a disciple of Mugabe who in 2008/9 was credited with steering the economy through sanctions-induced difficulties.

But Kereke appeared to say Gono was not fit to hold public office because of the allegations.

“The level of dishonesty and culture of telling lies to the machinery of government is eternally destructive and must not be allowed to happen more so when such people aspire to take positions of authority in government,” Kereke said.

But Gono insists this is just malice.

He said: “Writing to heaven and replacing Biblical facts with satanic teachings is unlikely to earn anyone entry into the Lord’s garden.

“The same principle applies to those excitable carriers of the message who do not take the basic precaution to verify facts about what they have been duped to carry.

Comments (1)

they are like kids......twumapenzi

lolo - 1 July 2014

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